'Professional Ethics uphelD'

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BYLINE: STAFF WRITER

CAPENATURE says its decision to allow one of its specialists to run a private business eradicating alien fish from farm dams using the |poison rotenone is "being reconsidered".

The organisation acknowledged that its original approval of fish scientist Dean Impson's private business "may not have reflected sufficient sensitivity on the part of CapeNature".

Last week the Cape Times reported that Impson had been granted permission by his superiors at CapeNature to run the commercial operation as a sideline.

Fly fishermen, opposed to the use of the fish poison, criticised Impson's rotenone business, saying there was a conflict of interest because Impson was "the major driving force" behind CapeNature's plans to use rotenone to eradicate alien fish in four rivers in the Cape Floral Region.

One claimed that Impson was the sole importer of rotenone, a suggestion Impson dismissed.

He told the Cape Times that if the provincial conservation authority went ahead with the pilot project, it would have to buy rotenone from an international supplier.

CapeNature confirmed that Impson had been given permission to run his private business and told the Cape Times there was "no apparent conflict of interest".

The organisation's head of biodiversity, Kas Hamman, said at the time, however, that CapeNature would "have to relook at the situation to see if there is a conflict of interest here".

Mark Botha, chairperson of the CapeNature board, said in a letter to the Cape Times yesterday that the organisation was reconsidering the permission it had originally granted to Impson. …