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Friday
Feb042011

Anti-Fishing Agenda Exposed 

In an editorial earlier this week, the Washington Times said the following:

 

"On the rare occasion when federal bureaucrats waver in their commitment to expanding their own regulatory power, environmental extremists can always be counted on to look for a sympathetic judge to expand it for them. The latest clever scheme would undermine the right of Americans to hunt and fish, using the judicial branch to implement policies too hot for regulators or lawmakers to touch. Congress needs to step in and disarm this assault on traditional sporting activities."

 The Times is right, of course. The same folks also are behind the National Ocean Council, spatial planning, and catch shares. In fact, within weeks of Obama's election, they had produced Transition to Green to guide this administration's preservationist agenda. Here's an excerpt:

 "Marine biodiversity in these waters is under increasing threat from overfishing, noise and chemical pollution, habitat destruction and now ocean warming and ocean acidification related to climate change. Even if UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea) is ratified, there is still a need for a specific management framework to govern human activities on the high seas, e.g., for creating multi-sector marine protected areas, addressing overfishing, or coordinating assessment and management of cumulative impacts across sectors."

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Reader Comments (2)

As a life long game fisherman I take offense at the language some law makers use claiming that game fishing threatens game fish populations. Mankind has been fishing the oceans for centuries and has had no adverse effect on fish ppulations. The damage now being done is not due to game fishing, but, rather the use of huge ocean going factory ships that can process tons of fish and kill millions more that they do not intend to kill or use. With this sort of over fishing it has to hurt fish populations and, in some cases put species on the endangered list, much the same as whale hunting has done. A ban on game fishing is a cop out and a bid to get the votes of activists who are against fishing in any form. Seldom are individuals the cause of major damage to a species. It is the big corporatins and their sponsorship of taking tons of fish that cause the damage. To aid in a recovery of fish populations we need to ban certain types of mass capture of fish, such as miles long nets that capture every fish that nears them even game fish that are not supposed to be sold to the public. We need a much stronger lobby to help law makers realize this and aim their effforts at the true causes of over fishing, and let us true game fishermen contenue to enjoy a sport that causees no major damage to any species and supplies many States wth needed money from our licensing fees. Our biggest problem is that we are smaal in numbers and much too quet. We need to make more noise in oder to be heard over the loud voices of the lobbyists who are against fishing in any form. I would bet that these very law makers who are workig toward stopping game fishing would not turn away from a fish dinner if offerd to them. All of the people I fish with do as I do. WE take what we are gong to eat and the rest are rturned, unharmed to the waters from which we catch them. This is not an option for most of the mass capture methods used by huge factory ships that catch any fish which nears their nets and kills most, if not all of them.

February 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBob Norman

Good points, especially about problems caused by commercial fishing. In the oceans, sport fishermen account for about 5 percent of the harvest.

The danger for us is that the most extreme of the environmentalist groups either don't care about sport fishing or are against fishing of all kinds, both sport and commercial. They crusade against "overfishing" without caring about the great differences between the two.

February 5, 2011 | Registered CommenterThe Activist

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