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Old 07-02-2009, 07:55   #16
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I do not know the vessel name. My sources tell me that they (the culprits) were staying in Nassau and either chartered the boat, or, met a friend in Nassau that has a boat. It seems as if their itinerary was Nassau to the Exuma Marine Reserve area (there are photos of them on Alex Rusts's Facebook page on Norman's Cay and Black Point), back to Nassau (where authorities now had them on their radar). From there it looks like thery tried to make a run for it and were apprehended late Tuesday off of Black Point. Vanessa is from Chicago and Alex is from Indiana. Both are college graduates. There were others with them as well but no word yet on what their status might be.
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how this plays in the local paper

The Freeport News - 2 arrested in Exuma for being in breach of Fisheries Regulations
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OK. No one has asked it, so I will.

Excepting any cultural differences of which I am unaware (and knowing that we are talking about Americans here), who the hell would want to eat an iguana?!!

Gee - I wonder if alcohol was involved in any way?

More proof that you can't fix stupid.

I hope these two spend a few years in a Bahamian jail.

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who the hell would want to eat an iguana?!!
Oh, come on! Those things look DELICIOUS!
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Hmmm... 23 & 24 ...

I'll bet they didn't have any idea that they were violating the law, or the firestorm that they were about to stir up!

Ignorance is bliss isn't it?

Probably when the police showed up and told them what they were in trouble for they went "Huh??"

If they were aware of the protected species and did it intentionally then I agree that they should face harsh consequences. If not, then some education, a fine, and their apology should suffice. Any of you ever do anything stupid when you were that age? How about your kids? How would you like to see your 23 year old daughter in a really bad jail for 2 years because of a vacation outing and some misguided friends? Yikes!
Sounds pretty draconian to me.

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Yeah, it's not like they were eating Bald Eagle or anything. That was their last vacation...
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Im pretty sure that everyone knows you have to have a permit for hunting and fishing. Always research the protected fish for the area (such as Jewfish in many areas) and especially dont eat the native fauna, unless permitted for it and on a hunting trip. I have absolutely no problem with them going to jail. Ignorance is no defense. Draconian, sure, but how else are you going to protect our biodiversity? Make a law and enforce it. Luckily, I dont think anyone else will be grilling endangered iguana after this publicity.
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They were in the Marine Reserve. It is impossible for them to not know that what they were doing was wrong. They are college graduates from very expensive universities. If they knew that you could (illegal) eat iguana and conch they must have had some idea of the potential repercussions. An ignoramous in the "iguana dept." would never think to eat such an animal. Most people think they are poisonous! They were also with someone that lives in the Bahamas (or at least spends alot of time there)- they knew what they were doing, bottom line. The pirate outfits, cavalier behaivour, posting the photos to show off to their friends on the Internet etc. are all representative for their general lack of respect as human beings. Do people make mistakes? Yes. But these are adults with college degrees. They know how to snorkle and spear and they knew what to go after thus, they knew what in the hell they were doing.
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Any of you ever do anything stupid when you were that age?
Stupid thing #1: Poaching
Stupid thing #2: Disregard for local laws while a guest in a foreign country
Stupid thing #3: Dining on endangered species
Stupid thing #4: Posting the evidence on Facebook.
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I had them in Mexico at a Taco stand by mistake.............. Trust me it was a mistake, the damn things were sitting on a stone wall right next to the stand watching everyone eating their cousins.....
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Im with the yeah that was stupid but.... there are more significant issues that have larger impact. Lets learn from this but these guys shoudn't become poster childs for the Ills of the environmrntal change. This is so small compared to the damage from coal mining and emmissions from coal fired energy plants. You should be agast if your business still uses t-12 flourescents and incandesant lighting. Not a green rant but you reduce your electric bill and we literally are tearing mountains down to burn coal to light you up. So bad bad boys you killed an iguana but what are you doing to be more effecient>
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I have eaten Iguana and their eggs in a curry in Guyana where it is legal, a species which is not endangered. The Iguana meat in the curry was quite good, I like curry to begin with. I did not enjoy the taste of the eggs which were in the same curry but then I don't like chicken eggs either.
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If they are endangered in the Exumas then they are welcome to come to south Florida and get all they want. We have them by the tens of thousands on every canal and lake. We have eradication programs for the pesky critters. I seriously doubt iguanas are going to go the way of the Dodo bird. Give the locals in Belize a half of a 55 gal. drum, some coconut husks to burn and they'll cook you up some good Bamboo Chicken.
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