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September 14, 2010


Sam Duncombe

Dear Larry,

Thank you for this important commentary.

FYI many groups are working with The Pew Environment Group, to stop a shark fishery here.

Earlier this week The Bahamas Humane Society, The Bahamas National Trust, EARTHCARE, Friends of the Environment, The Nature Conservancy, Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF), and reEarth joined forces to support The Ban of the Slaughter of all Sharks in Bahamian Waters via the online petition http://www.care2.com/go/z/19887049. It is currently at 4585 signatures.

It is clear from EARTHCARE and reEarth's longline fishing campaign "PEOLPLE AGAINST LONGLINE FISHING" that Bahamians rise to the occasion when our fisheries are at risk.

Where the sea cucumbers are concerned, the permit should be revoked pending the outcome of the study.

Additionally, all species currently caught for commercial purposes should be regulated according to their specific breeding patterns and abundance and any fishery like the cucumber which have no regulations should be stopped until such data is gathered.

We all have a stake in a healthy ocean - fisheries resources are not the property of fishermen they are the "property" of the state much like water.

Nick Higgs

Hi Larry. Interesting post. Good to hear the Bahamas government is commissioning research!

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