Sunday, March 17, 2013

March 17, 2013       

Today's Photograph . . . .  And God Saw That It Was Good,  Ohrid Lake (Tom L)
Bible Study Verse
Genesis 1:20-21
And God said, "Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky."  So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.  (NIV) 
This past summer, five of us from our church went on a mission trip to Albania. We stayed in Pogradec which lies along the shores of Ohrid Lake, one of Europe's oldest and deepest lakes lying in the mountainous regions of Albania and Macedonia.

Ohrid has over 200 endemic species including the Ohrid Trout. Some say it is part of brown trout complex, but is genetically sufficiently distinct and is a delicacy in Albania and Macedonia.  The taste is described as a cross between brown trout and Atlantic salmon.

In recent years, extensive fishing, building tourist facilities directly at the shore, destruction of spawning grounds, and serious pollution have caused this species to be on the verge of extinction. Consequently, the Government of Macedonia has placed a seven year ban on the harvesting of the Ohrid Trout.  The population continues to decline due to the value, the demand, and consequently illegal fishing.
(Tom L) 
Action Point
God saw that it was good. Because of man's disregard for His creation, this situation is not good.  To think that some species of God's creation will be eliminated is appalling. Let us strive to be better stewards of God's creation by taking an active part in preserving our natural resources.
Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Join a conservation group that promotes habitat improvement and always leave an area better than you found it.