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Seal Action Committee, All Rights Reserved

PO BOX 351

Siasconset, Massachusetts 02564

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.  WELCOME TO THE STARLIGHT THEATER AND THE PREMIERE OF THE SEAL ACTION COMMITTEE FILM “UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES”.

 

I WOULD FIRST LIKE TO THANK JEFF FOR HIS GENEROSITY IN MAKING HIS VENUE AVAILABLE TO US THIS EVENING.  WE PLAN TO MAKE VERY GOOD USE OF IT- FIRST IN THIS THEATER AND THEN AT THE BAR FOLLOWING!

 

YOU ARE ABOUT TO WATCH A FILM THAT WE HAVE ENTITLED “UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES”.  WE HAD THOUGHT OF ENTITLING IT “AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH” BUT SINCE THAT TITLE HAD ALREADY BEEN TAKEN TEN YEARS AGO BY AN ACADEMY AWARD WINNING DOCUMENTARY, WE WANTED TO KEEP THE PATH CLEAR TO THE ACADEMY AWARDS FOR OUR OWN FILM BY CHOOSING A DIFFERENT TITLE.

 

THE SEAL ACTION COMMITTEE WAS ESTABLISHED FIVE YEARS AGO.  I AM PETER KROGH, ITS FOUNDING PRESIDENT.  THE SAC, AS IT IS AFFECTIONATELY CALLED, IS OFTEN THOUGHT OF AS AN OBDURATE BAND OF AGGRIEVED FISHERMAN.  AND, IN PART, IT IS.  BUT ITS MISSION RANGES FAR BEYOND THE OUTCRY OF UNDERSTANDABLY ANGRY ANGLERS.  

ITS MACRO MISSION IS TO DRIVE A PUBLIC THOUGHT PROCESS THAT WILL SQUARELY ADDRESS THE MULTIDIMENSIONAL IMPACTS OF THE RAPIDLY, AND NOW PROBABLY FULLY, RECOVERED GRAY SEAL POPULATION.  THESE IMPACTS MAY BE FOUND IN THE INTERRELATED REALMS OF THE ECOSYSTEM, THE ECONOMY AND PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY.  

AN ACCURATE DESCRIPTION OF OUR MISSION MAY BE FOUND ON OUR BUMPER STICKER THAT HERALDS US AS “ADVOCATES FOR THE SENSIBLE MANAGEMENT OF OUR SHORES”.  BUMPER STICKERS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE BAR FOLLOWING THE SHOWING (IN LIEU OF A CHIT FOR A FREE DRINK).

THE SAC IS A TRUE COALITION.  WE ARE OFFICIALLY ENDORSED BY THE 520 MEMBER NANTUCKET ANGLERS’ CLUB.  WE HAVE SUPPORTERS IN CHATHAM AND MONOMOY AND AS FAR AWAY AS LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA.  OUR RESEARCH MISSION HAS BEEN FORMALLY ENDORSED BY THE NANTUCKET CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN, THE COMMISSIONERS OF THE LAND BANK AND THE SHELLFISH AND HARBOR ADVISORY BOARD.

AND WE HAVE PARTNERED WITH THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR NANTUCKET IN ESTABLISHING A GRAY SEAL RESEARCH FUND.

ALONG THE WAY OF OUR EXISTENCE WE HAVE: GATHERED OVER 2,000 SIGNATURES ON A PETITION CALLING FOR ACTION ON THE GRAY SEAL FRONT; FACILITATED RESOLUTIONS FROM THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN CALLING UPON THE POWERS THAT BE FOR A GRAY SEAL CENSUS AND IMPACT ASSESSMENT; WRITTEN LETTERS TO THE EDITORS OF INFLUENTIAL PUBLIC PRINTS; AND HOSTED EVENTS SHOWCASING PROMINENT INDIVIDUALS IN AREAS OF OUR CONCERN INCLUDING THE FAMOUS GREAT WHTE SHARK EXPERT, GREG SKOMAL, AND THE NOTED AUTHOR, JIM STERBA, WHOSE BOOK ON HOW A RESURGENCE OF WILDLIFE HAS TURNED BACKYARDS INTO BATTLEGROUNDS IS RIGHT IN THE SAC WHEELHOUSE.

OUR ATTENTION IS NOW SHARPLY FOCUSED ON ACTION, AND, IN CONSEQUENCE, ON THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION THAT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE MARINE MAMMAL PROTECTION ACT THAT IS SHELTERING THE GRAY SEALS.  OUR FILM CAN ONLY BE SEEN AS A CALL TO ACTION.  FOR OUR PART, THE ACTION WILL FIRST TAKE THE FORM OF A SYMPOSIUM CONVENED IN EARLY NOVEMBER ON THIS ISLAND.  PARTICIPANTS WILL INCLUDE THOSE KNOWLEDGEABLE IN THE SAC FOCUS ZONES OF THE ECOSYSTEM, THE ECONOMY AND PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY.

I AM JOINED HERE THIS EVENING BY MY FELLOW OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS OF THE SEAL ACTION COMMITTEE- GUY SNOWDEN, PETE HOWELL AND PAULA WIGGIN, BY OUR SCIENCE ADVISOR, DR. DAVID POLICANSKY, BY KRAIG SYRACUSE OUR FEDERAL RELATIONS ADVISOR AND BY CROCKER SNOW, WHO NARRATES THE FILM AND WHO WILL ORGANIZE OUR PLANNED SYMPOSIUM AND BY KIT NOBLE WHO MADE THE FILM.  WE WILL ALL BE ON HAND TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS- TO RECEIVE YOUR COMMENTS- AFTER THE SHOWING- AND THEN TO LEAD YOU TO THE BAR.

AND NOW, SIT BACK ATTENTIVELY, AS CROCKER SNOW AND KIT NOBLE LEAD YOU INTO THE MIDST OF WHAT CROCKER CALLS “THE SEAL RIOT” ON AN ISLAND WHICH HIS FAMILY OWNED FOR YEARS AND OF WHICH HE IS NOW THE PRINCIPAL STEWARD.

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