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    The problems of the Mediterranean deserve a diary.  Actually, they deserve a diary series, because no one would ever read it all in one sitting.  Maybe I'll add "invasive species roundup" to my list of planned DK4 diary series.

    Short version: the Med is, to be totally blunt, a clusterfuck.  It has alien species that have become established by traversing the Suez Canal, by entering from the Atlantic on ships or in ballast water, by escapes from coastal mariculture, and by aquarium introduction.  It doesn't help that several countries on the Med go through the motions of fish catch limits every year seemingly just so they can flout them.

    "We are not entitled to our opinions; we are entitled to our informed opinions. Without research, without background, without understanding, it's nothing."

    by Serpents Choice on Tue Jan 04, 2011 at 04:36:27 PM PST

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    •  That would be a great dk4 series. (2+ / 0-)
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      Thank you very much for your help today with this topic.  You really helped tremendously.

      What a shame that we don't feel the Partnership the government and the people could be.  Instead it feels more like the Corporate/Government partnership vs the people.  Some days are better than others.

      Thousands of protected birds dropping dead and falling from the sky with no warning is one of those bad days.

      It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

      by War on Error on Tue Jan 04, 2011 at 05:21:02 PM PST

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      •  Appreciated! (3+ / 0-)
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        DK4 is going to keep me really, really busy.

        I do want to add one thing.  It's important to keep in mind that, even when the government drops the ball on its duties, the people who work in these low-level positions, like at state Fish and Game Commissions, are almost always "real people" who care about their job as managers and caretakers of our natural legacy.

        They don't take away your soul when you take a government job, and those state and local offices are without exception overworked, undermanned, and underpaid and underfunded.  It's sometimes easy to lose track of that, and think of the government as a monolithic entity, with everyone on the same page.

        "We are not entitled to our opinions; we are entitled to our informed opinions. Without research, without background, without understanding, it's nothing."

        by Serpents Choice on Tue Jan 04, 2011 at 05:34:59 PM PST

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