02-23-2001, 09:40 AM
There was a brief article on the Nature Conservancy's acquisition of this incredible uninhabited pacific isalnd in the latest issue of FFSW.
It seems they will be looking at ways to bring small groups of catch & release anglers to the island - I'm sure we could give them some ideas!
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Awesome! Nice site too.
Beam me there scotty!
02-23-2001, 10:20 PM
I'm not sure what to think. This is a lot of money for the Nature Consevancy to spend for what will be an extriemely expensive and exclusive destination. The money they earn from the guests will hardley put a dent into the debt, so who is served by this deal? Sailors(the only people who in the past have been able to travel there) will aparently be excluded. Seems a little un freindly. On the other hand, this is obviously a place that needs to be preserved.
I have spoken to a few people who have fished there, and they describe a place that is a good bit smaller than Christmas island with INCREDABLE! bone fishing. People who had never fished were catching unlimmited bones on 20# tippet with fish swimming around their feet. They did express concern that fishing pressure would quickly educate the fish. Lots off sharks, and I wonder if released fish (that are hungry for flys) will be taken out of the gene pool.
Maybe I'm just a little sore that I will probably never be able to fish there.
Those are valid concerns, though. On one hand, I see any allocation of even a postage stamp parcel in timbuktoo as a victory and a reversal of the general trend to bulldoze the earth... but yes, I think in terms of impact it would be a much bigger event to buy out say the Skykomish River in Washington State which connects the Cascades by cutting thru Suburbia to graze megalopolis on it's way to the shipping lanes of Puget Sound - to manage it for pure C&R, no hatcheries, as a steelhead/salmon/trout sanctuary with access to millions of outdoor oriented people.
The allocation of Monomoy on Cape Cod as a wildlife sanctuary - now someone was thinking there. (need to look up how Monomoy was set aside)
I'd be curious to know (a) how many land parcels have been allocated as wildlife sanctuaries or otherwise gained a preservation status in the last decade and (b) what percentage was by the hand of government or private ventures like N/C. If we as a people are not allocating preservation lands and organizations like N/C are, then I would also feel that we'd have to "put up or shut up" as they say, maybe keep people who think like Babbitt in office.
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