Re: NANFA-L-- America's national fish AC Contest

Subject: Re: NANFA-L-- America's national fish AC Contest
From: Bruce Stallsmith (fundulus at
Date: Fri Sep 10 2004 - 13:57:17 CDT

It sounds like an interesting campaign to me. It's something that would be
years in the agitation, especially setting it up so that can fend off idjits
who would like lmb.

--Bruce Stallsmith
the lmb-infested banks of the Tennessee
Huntsville, AL, US of A

>From: dlmcneely at
>Reply-To: nanfa-l at
>To: nanfa-l at
>Subject: Re: NANFA-L-- America's national fish AC Contest
>Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2004 13:52:11 -0500
>I think this is a great approach. The BOD could determine what the list of
>species to be voted on is. Maybe we could do the voting by the "Instant
>Run-off" approach. That works like this: Each voter RANKS his or her
>choices 1 through however many choices there are. Each ranking is assigned
>points so that (for example) if there were 3 choices, a #1 ranking for one
>of the choices by a voter would get that choice 3 points, a #2 ranking
>would get it 2 points, a #3 ranking would get it 1 point. The choice with
>the fewest points would be dropped from further consideration, and all
>ballots reassessed with only the remaining choices considered. Then the
>rankings are reassessed with the original ballots. On a ballot where the
>now dropped choice was #2 for example, that ballot's original #1 remains
>that ballot's #1, but its former #3 now becomes #2. Points are reassigned.
> The choice with the fewest points is dropped, and the choice remaining is
>the winner. With more choices!
> , the pro
>Anyway, however we go about choosing the National Fish, if we choose one,
>develop a resolution to support it, and get it to the politicos, my betting
>is that we will get a national fish, and it will be the one we choose. The
>important thing is, get it done. If it is not the one I would have chosen,
>so be it. But we can use this to bring attention to conservation of
>fishes, something that I think we all support, and that is a part of our
>mission statement. And yes, NANFA gets some well deserved attention from a
>few people who pay attention to such matters. Maybe our Pres could even be
>on national tv!
>I'll help, though politics is not a strength I have. Maybe we might want
>to enlist ASIH to assist. I'd bet they'd be interested. Not AFS, too much
>focus on sports and commercial fishes by that group, and we'd be sure to
>end up with lmb, whereas I think our sentiment would be for an undersung
>I still go for the generic fish, that lives in both Alaska and Florida
>(say, "the minnow"). We could provide an excellent rationale for
>designating not a single species but a group the "National Fish." After
>all, isn't America about diversity?
>David L. McNeely, Ph.D., Professor of Biology
>Langston University; P.O. Box 1500
>Langston, OK 73050; email: dlmcneely at
>telephone: (405) 466-6025; fax: 405) 466-3307
>home page
>"Where are we going?" "I don't know, are we there yet?"

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