Tell Guam That We All Have a Say In Coral Reef Conservation

Blue Earth In Child's Hands

Target: Department of Chamorro Affairs President Joseph Cameron, The Pacific Islands Regional Ocean Partnership (PROP).

Goal: Denounce Cameron’s comments belittling comments against conservation nonprofit the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD).

In a recent workshop aimed at discussing the Center for Biological Diversity’s petition to list 66 species of reef-building corals in the Endangered Species Act, Department of Chamorro Affairs President Joseph Cameron stated that the organization was comprised of “tree huggers” who “don’t know what they’re listing” since they have never been to the Pacific. He accused the organization of acting in a “dastardly” manner and only being concerned about “making a name for themselves” by “micromanaging” what happens off the coast of the Pacific Islands from Colorado.

Cameron is Guam’s representative in the Pacific Islands Regional Ocean Partnership (PROP), an organization created in order to address and coordinate regional responses to issues pertaining to coastal and ocean management. Cameron is the point of contact for management of all conservation programs for island of Guam.

It is truly regrettable that Cameron should be a representative of marine conservation programs for the island of Guam. His remarks only make it evident that he is in no way an impartial government official that should be allowed to represent those who wholeheartedly believe in the mission to protect marine environments and defend marine species from being completely obliterated from this Earth.


Dear Joseph Cameron,

Your comments were offensive and filled with prejudice. A truly “dastardly” action would be to disregard the CBD’s petition because of your own personal biases. The CBD’s research is thorough and scientifically-based, and to accuse them of not having a well-informed group of individuals working for them is preposterous. If you would even bother to look at the biographies for their staff and board of directors you would see how erroneous your remarks are.

Whether we are landlocked or living in a hole underground, conservation of the Earth’s ocean and her marine communities is a responsibility that falls upon all of us as denizens of this planet. Your words are inexcusable and you should sincerely consider another job if this is truly how you feel about conservation agencies. I demand that you publicly retract your comments, issue a formal apology, and rid yourself of your unjustified biases.


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