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SUSTAINABLE HARVEST AND AQUACULTURE
We often get asked the question of how environmentally safe is our industry. My response is generally varied depending on the particular interest in the person asking the question. I have come across many points of view that range from “no matter what you say, I will never believe you. If you harvest from the reef you must be harming the environment” to some very interested parties wanting to learn more about our sustainable efforts.
In this section I have posted a series of videos to help tell our story and show firsthand what we do. Few people ever get the chance to visit a collection station and I hope this helps bridge the gap between perception and reality.
There are several videos that show our divers well trained technique of hand collecting the fish without the use of dangerous drugs or other destructive methods that are common in other parts of the world. Please visit our “Video Clips” page to see the full range of these videos.
I have also included a speech I gave several years ago at one of the many conferences in this industry. This was based on a paper written by Walter Stark and when I asked him if I could include it in my presentation and write the text regarding our industry he agreed. The text also appears on this site under “Newsworthy” in case you have difficulty hearing the speech.
Lastly I have included a slide show that I use to bring to the villages and for visiting schools in our facility (we have several visits per week) to help teach the children about the value of protecting their resource for future generations.
Life, Death and Restoration of the Coral Reefs"
The following is a program that we use to teach our visiting schools about the importance of the coral reefs to their community and world.
WSI Hand Caught
Fish Video #3
WSI Hand Caught
Fish Video #5
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