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Are well-intended Buddhist practices an under-appreciated threat to global aquatic biodiversity?

Everard, Mark; Pinder, Adrian C.; Raghavan, Rajeev; Kataria, Gaurav

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Authors

Mark Everard Mark.Everard@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Professor in Ecosystem Services

Adrian C. Pinder

Rajeev Raghavan

Gaurav Kataria



Abstract

The inherently pro-conservation and humane Buddhist practice of ‘live release’, entailing the release into the wild of creatures destined for slaughter, poses potentially significant conservation consequences if inappropriate, invasive species are procured for release. This article collates evidence, citing one legal case and other examples, about the risks of the live release of potentially invasive aquatic species that may result in serious, possibly irreversible, conservation threats to aquatic biodiversity and natural ecosystems, with ensuing adverse ecological and human consequences. It is essential that practitioners are aware of these risks if their actions are not to work diametrically against the pro-conservation and humane intents of the practice. Ensuring that live release occurs safely necessitates raising awareness, with guidance informed by science, to ensure that good intentions do not result in perverse, environmentally destructive outcomes. We propose four simple principles to achieve this, for dissemination to the global adherents of these otherwise entirely laudable practices.

Citation

Everard, M., Pinder, A. C., Raghavan, R., & Kataria, G. (2019). Are well-intended Buddhist practices an under-appreciated threat to global aquatic biodiversity?. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 29(1), 136-141. https://doi.org/10.1002/aqc.2997

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 7, 2018
Online Publication Date Jan 11, 2019
Publication Date Jan 1, 2019
Deposit Date Jan 14, 2019
Publicly Available Date Jan 12, 2020
Journal Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems
Print ISSN 1052-7613
Electronic ISSN 1099-0755
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 29
Issue 1
Pages 136-141
DOI https://doi.org/10.1002/aqc.2997
Keywords live release, mercy release, invasive species, humane, conservation, fish
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/853009
Publisher URL https://doi.org/10.1002/aqc.2997
Additional Information Additional Information : This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Everard, M. , Pinder, A. C. , Raghavan, R. and Kataria, G. and N/A (2019) Viewpoint: Are well-intended Buddhist practices an under-appreciated threat to global aquatic biodiversity? Aquatic Conservation. ISSN 1052-7613, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1002/aqc.2997. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

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This is the peer reviewed version of the article, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1002/aqc.2997. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.




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