[Taxacom] Collecting Samples From Another Country

Jorge Almeida omeuceu at gmail.com
Tue Jul 19 06:26:40 CDT 2011

Good morning,

As I have a high interest in Diptera and I am in the diptera.info
forum, I would like to know if it is possible to spread this info in
diptera.info forum because there are several persons that can be
warned about this situation. I would like to know how can we make a
permission request to collect in Turkey.
I also know that in Spain a permission is necessary to collect anything.


Jorge Almeida,

On Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 1:15 PM, Levent Can <lev.can at gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear all,
> I wanted to inform you all about some incidents happened here in Turkey.
> Unfortunately, researchers from the Netherlands and Spain have been arrested
> by customs and police officers for collecting plant materials without a
> legal permission. The media here in Turkey, followed these events with high
> interest and I would say that such events are quite trendy in these days.
> Today, newspapers reported that a group of entomologists from Czech
> Republic were arrested at the Turkish border. Reported is that they tried to
> escape with more than 6000 specimens.
> Of course, this series of events wouldn't be a big deal if the folks from
> the Netherlands weren't caught with the last remaining 57 bulbs of a highly
> threatened endemic Fritillaria species from Erzurum. The villagers now keep
> an eye on every foreigner who tries to catch a butterfly or just want to
> smell a beautiful rose. It is hard to work on the field even for us as
> "local" researchers, without being disturbed by villagers or even officers.
> Lev
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