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Los Roques Marine Science Station being closed!

Anyone caring about bone fishing should care about this message sent to me by a friend, who teaches marine biology at the University of Puerto Rico. His message is printed below. If you want to sign the petition and do not speak Spanish, just go to the site, enter your email address, and click on the green arrow. Here is the message:

From: Ernesto Weil <[email protected]>
Date: July 18, 2014
Subject: Re: Fundacion Los Roques

Dear friends and colleagues,

The Venezuelan dictatorship has issued a decree for the Fundacion Cientifica Los Roques to vacate the premises of the Dos Mosquises Marine Lab in the Archipelago Los Roques National Park. The private institution has a 50-year trajectory of basic and applied marine research and educational programs unparalleled by any other academic institution in the country. I was the Director of the field station for five years and it was a critical formation and learning experience in my life. I am here respectfully requesting that everyone who cares about sustaining regional fishing and local science capabilities sign the opposition pledge (link below) supporting the Foundation.

The Government's arguments and reasons for such a move are obscure, and last week the Venezuelan National Academy of Sciences published a document supporting the 50 year old Scientific Foundation, regretting the position of the Government and calling for reconsideration. There is a petition to revoke the Government decree (link is Included below) and we need to gather at least 5000 signatures to send it to the authorities.

Please access and sign the petition below.

Thank you!
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