On a wednesday morning, Darron Collins, the president of the College of Atlantic, came to Northside College Prep to talk about taimens. Taimens are usually found in eastern Hungary and Japan. Taimens are some ferocious predators when it comes to the food chain.Taimens eat anything that can fit in their mouth: rodents, fish, swans, and even their own species.The population of taimen in north/eastern Mongolia have shrunk drastically. The taimen may not be the cutest aquatic organism there is, but that shouldn’t keep you from knowing about the extinction threat the species face.
Most environmental scientists didn’t understand why the taimen species were going extinct; the area where the species lived had extremely clean land, no pollution, and only a little amount of overgrazing.Dr. Collins traveled to Mongolia in the middle of september to investigate the mystery surrounding the taimens.
With the help of the locals, Dr.Collins realized what was causing the taimens to reach close levels of extinction: hunting. The elite traveled to Mongolia in their private jets to catch taimens for only superficial purposes-to hang the dead fish like trophies in their living rooms. With the help of the community, the river was made into a sanctuary, and whoever wanted to fish for taimen must return the fish back to the river and pay a small fee.
After hunting was removed from the taimen environment, it caused the levels of the taimen population to increase and created many financial opportunities for the communities around the taimen population. The regulated hunting of the taimens brought people from all over the world, and created jobs like cooks and drivers for the people in the community.
The removal of an anthropogenic disturbance can have multiple effects on communities. Not only does the environment becomes protected, jobs and new opportunities can sprout. Dr.Collins describes the effect after the river became a sanctuary and prohibited hunting as an “economic engine.” In a way, we can convince our own communities to find more efficient ways to remove anthropogenic pollutants from the environment because of the benefits that awaits with the removal.