The editorial ‘When swordfish conservation biologists eat swordfish’ editorial published in Conservation Biology by Tethys president Giovanni Bearzi is receiving considerable attention.
A number of blogs - including 'The Great Beyond' by the journal Nature - are discussing the opinions stated in the essay.
Some of the readers commented:
Giovanni here is talking about a real, widespread issue and he has hit the nail on the head. Being a conservation biologist myself I am appalled at how some ecologists leave their passion for conservation behind at the office. When i have confronted friends or colleagues about their questionable practices, the response has been "oh, just one person can't make a difference". As scientists, we need to distinguish ourselves from flag-waving environmentalists, but we still need to apply the same principles to ourselves that we are preaching.
This essay stands out as more inquisitive and though-provoking than nearly any other.
But not everybody liked it:
This proposal is just absurd. No one looks to scientists for advice on how to live their lives - not even other scientists!
So it appears that the editorial generated some wavelets, and people are at least reading it...
Bearzi G. 2009. When swordfish conservation biologists eat swordfish. Conservation Biology 23(1):1-2.