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Sunday, October 17, 2004

Mongolia's Monks: One Fish Equals 999 Souls
Scientists and American sport fishermen are working to save the giant Siberian salmon, the taimen, which can reach two meters in length and weigh up to 100 kilograms. Its existence is threatened by poaching and habitat destruction. The Wall Street Journal (via this link) says the group has persuaded Mongolian Buddhist monks to help them to preach preservation by using their moral authority to persuade the locals to stop poaching and to start to protect their wildlife.

They showed the monks that they were not killing the taimen. Instead, they are practicing catch-and-release fishing. And to gain monks' support, they promised to restore a monastery destroyed 70 years ago. Will the plan work? I don't know. But at least it's a very unusual combination of people decided to save a river and its wildlife. This overview contains some selected excerpts and includes pictures.
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