[Coral-List] banning wild collection when mariculture sources exist [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

margiea Margie.Atkinson at gbrmpa.gov.au
Fri Feb 29 00:44:39 EST 2008

I agree - my personal view is that the key word in this entire debate is 
"sustainable". From a conservation point of view it should be prefixed 
by the word "ecologically" sustainable. The trick is definitely in 
getting the triple bottom line-balance sorted, to foster stewardship. I 
would be keen to see some more dialogue about other people's efforts to 
resolve this one.


Margaret Atkinson

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Les Kaufman wrote, On 29/02/2008 14:18:
> Dear Todd,
> Re: your comment (below), things are not so simple.
> Sustainable collection of some aquarium species still represents a  
> great potential for marine conservation by
> fueling one part of the incentive structure.
> Just because this potential is so often perverted doesn't mean it  
> couldn't happen.
> We need experience in striking a balance in natural-products  
> businesses that is most beneficial to long-term sustainability of
> coral reef systems in proximity to people.
> Les
> *****
> This answer is quite simple and our Foundation has been advocating it  
> for
> years.  All countries should ban any aquarium species that can be
> demonstrated to be aquacultured by 3 or more private interests.
> This way, there would be no competition for raised (fish or corals) from
> wild sources so the market would develop a fair price.  A great  
> example is
> the "Nemo" fish (clown fishes)....all can be fully reared in  
> captivity but
> wild sources still account for the bulk of the market...why? It is  
> cheaper
> to pay 10 cents for collection and a buck to ship it even if 10% die in
> shipping than to raise a fish that costs $5 bucks in food and  
> electricity.
> Les Kaufman
> Professor of Biology
> Boston University Marine Program
> and
> Senior PI
> Marine Management Area Science
> Conservation International
> “I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully.”
> George W. Bush
> Saginaw, Michigan; September 29, 2000
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