Subject: Info: Driftnets, Open Letter on

williams (williams@whale.simmons.edu)
Tue, 07 May 1996 14:01:00 +0000

>                    Letter from Noel Brown, Director
>                   United Nations Environment Program
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>                  UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME
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> To Whom it May Concern:
> 
> I am writing to make you aware of an environmental victory and an
> environmental challenge. At stake is nothing less than the entire
> ocean's resources and biodiversity.
> 
> On June 30, 1992, United Nations Resolution 46/215 will go into
> effect. This landmark resolution calls for a global moratorium on the
> destructive practice of deep-sea driftnetting, which has been shown to
> be a non-sustainable fishing technique capable of causing the
> eradication of commercially valuable fisheries as well as the
> destruction of hundreds of other seagoing species. The UN moratorium
> is a vital step towards saving the seas from destruction.
> 
> As the Regional Director of a Programme which is directly concerned
> with the productive capacity and environmental sustainability of the
> oceans, I have observed the progress of the Driftnet issue; which was
> brought to international prominence by Earthtrust's expeditions,
> research documents, and video productions of 1988-89. Despite its
> comparatively small size as an international organization, Earthtrust
> maintained credible pressure on the issue in the face of intense
> lobbying by driftnetting nations; building a network of concerned
> individuals, businesses, legislators, and others. The UN Driftnet
> resolution of 1989, the follow-up resolution of 1990, and the final
> defining resolution in November 1991 are results of Earthtrust brining
> this issue before the international community; an inspirational
> victory showing the power of good research and effective presentation.
> 
> We are now only scant months from the beginning of the United Nations
> driftnet moratorium-and yet there is no independent verification
> mechanism in existence. Thus, this historic international
> environmental resolution may be effectively subverted. I urge you not
> to let that happen.
> 
> As far as I know, the only mechanism now proposed which may credibly
> provide the information necessary to implement the full Moratorium is
> the concept of the DriftNetwork planned by Earthtrust. The
> DriftNetwork will be a network of individuals and organizations
> worldwide which tackles the difficult task of tracking the world's
> driftnet boats, filling a necessary gap until other international
> enforcement mechanisms are developed. Earthtrust would seem to have
> the background and the motivation to create this network; as well as a
> demonstrated history of granting to other organizations with high
> efficiency. The level of funding necessary to accomplish this will be
> considerable; but at stake is nothing less than the seas themselves.
> 
> I offer these comments to aid in your decision-making. Writing a
> letter such as this is not a common thing for me to do, but I believe
> it is important that I speak out on this issue at this crucial time.
> 
> Yours in the service of the Earth,
> 
> NOEL J. BROWN
> Director
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