As I hopped onto the boat to measure some fish, I felt a surprising sense of familiarity. The captain asked with a laugh, “Hey, you’re not going to drop any fish, are you? Last time the girl dropped a live one off the boat! I felt so bad for her. She looked like she was going to cry!” At that moment I realized why the boat felt so familiar. I was that girl…I was in training and it was my first boat of live fish… I was MORTIFIED when that happened. Eight months later, there I was, skillfully handling the fish and assuring them that their dinner was not in jeopardy.
Conservation Is Just As Much About Managing People As It Is About Managing The Species We Are Trying To Protect
When the fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) was first described in 1999, action was not taken rapidly, and a global amphibian pandemic ensued with the declines and extinctions of over 200 frog and salamander species worldwide. With the recent discovery of a second, closely related fungal pathogen, Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal), and its presence in international trade, a second amphibian pandemic is looming.