Coral Harvesting - Fiji.
mpenjuel at dialb.greenpeace.org
Mon Aug 9 07:58:01 EDT 1999
Just a few points of clarification - the request I had put forward is
not an attempt by Greenpeace to rally support against the industry.
It is merely an information seeking exercise. We have been
asked to provide information to relevant people in the country and I
agreed to do that which is why I turned to the coral list - seeing
that this is one of the places to source information and expert
advice on the issue. It would also provide the office with relevant
materials for our public library. However what I had not intended
for the request to do was to create a whole debate about the
industry. This is not to say that I do not appreciate debate on the
issue. On the contrary, but I am seeking information that I can give
to the relevant people and that is the aim of this exercise .
However I do acknowledge that it is partly my fault for the wording
in my last email re: negative impacts. Let me rephrase...I am
seeking information on the industry (scientific reports from around
the world/websites that I can look up and reports which I could get
copies of). And the information is for the benefit of the people of
We are well aware that the report that was circulated by the
fisheries department is not the final report and have been informed
by the consultant himself on when the final report would be made
available. Our comments will only be made then based on the final
report. And no the official stance of the organisation is NOT, no
resource use is good resource use. Greenpeace in the Pacific
region has been supportive of sustainable uses of natural
resources and are working together with local indigenous communities
who want to ensure a sustainable use of their resources. I would be
more than happy to send information to the relevant people on what
the organisation does in the Pacific.
Generation of interest on the issue arises from a cabinet
paper which was presented at parliment.
I appreciate comments and look forward to assistance from the list.
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