NANFA-- Southeastern Imperiled Fishes
Fri, 2 Feb 2001 08:57:00 EST

I noticed several of you made note of receiving FWS reports and felt like
NANFA is being noticed by USFWS and others. Well, you're right! I was at a
workshop for Southeastern Imperiled Fishes (SIF) this week. This is a group
of professionals from Federal and State agencies, corporations, NGO's and
various conservation organizations. It was sponsored by USFWS and World
Wildlife Fund etc...

The aim is to develop a working document outlining problems with southeastern
fishes and, more importantly, what can be done to prevent the loss of these
species and their habitats. This was a follow-up meeting to one that was held
around a year and a half ago.

One aspect of the meeting was to develop other "Partenrs" in this endeavor
and hopefully, to have these participate in future meetings. More than once I
heard NANFA's name come up (not even by me! though I brought it up as well!)
I think NANFA is slowly clawing it's way into the picture of fish
conservation, mostly by being a responsible organization and involving such a
wide diversity of players. Be paitient, we'll get there.

Maybe, over the next month or so, a representative of NANFA will be asked to
participate in future workshops. Anyway, I'll keep you posted if anything
comes up.

Keep up the good work!


J. R. Shute, Co-Director
<A HREF="">Conservation Fisheries, Inc.
3709 N. Broadway
Knoxville, TN 37917

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