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Re: Hair Splitting etc..............

Hello All,

Why would it matter if I was on the NANFA BOD or not.  I never represented
myself as such.  I have been a member of this mailing list for years now.
Whether I belong to one organization or another shouldn't have any bearing
upon the validity of my statements.

Any way, enjoying the discussion, even if others see it as hairsplitting or
feel it is creating strife.  Neither of those things are in my agenda.

-----Original Message-----
From: robert a rice <robertrice at juno_com>
To: nfc at actwin_com <nfc at actwin_com>; davis at sahs_stjohns.k12.fl.us
<davis at sahs_stjohns.k12.fl.us>; normane at hevanet_com <normane at hevanet_com>
Date: Thursday, July 09, 1998 11:09 AM
Subject: Hair Splitting etc..............

>Hello All,
>I would like to stress to folks here that this list was not is not and
>should not be used for political speeches , insults and hair splitting to
>the nth degree. We have all done a bit of all of that in the last 24
>hours please lets get back to a friendly discussion on topical
>conservation native fish issues. NO POSITONS OF THE NFC WILL EVER BE
>ACTIVITY. Positions will be made in private telephone or face to face
>discussions .
>While I appreciate the concern expressed by our friends from the NANFA
>BOD let me assure everyone we as an organization are procceding with the
>highest conservation standards. We proceed with the ever present is it
>good policy is it good science benchmark at each program. That is why the
>exotic Removal Program involves only aquarium species at this time. That
>was an area
>where all forces involved agreed it met the required benchmarks.
>We will produce organizational guidelines this year that will clearly
>address bait/aquarium/collector releases and ornamental keeping of native
>fishes. Be assured we are aggressivly pursuing this issue. When a
>position is made we will contact the State and Federal Fishing agencies
>and ask that they include similar guidelines in their fishing
>manual.Unttil that point as I have stated we are focusing on the programs
>allready in place.
>Let me also add that I work weekly with fisheries employees , politicians
>and academics running various proposals thru all parties , NFC  is well
>respected with all these diverse because we have the ability to accept a
>good solution knowing full well it is not perfect all the while striving
>for greater conservation of our native fishes.
>Robert Rice
>Save A Native Eat An Oscar <:)((((<
>Check Out the Native Fish Conservany at NFC at actwin_com
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