The National Ocean Council met recently. If you can tolerate bureaucratic gobbledy-gook, read about it here.
But I’ll save you the trouble. This is one more step in the direction of Big Government telling you where you can and cannot fish. The process is staring with our oceans and coastal waters, but will move inland. Eventually, no one who fishes will be unaffected and many who would like to fish will give up.
That’s what the preservationist wing of the environmental movement wants, and if President Obama gets a second term, the process will accelerate. A Republican in the White House would slow the takeover and possibly derail it. Please remember that in November of this year, when one of the most important elections of our nation’s history takes place.
Meanwhile, here’s what we have to look forward to if the preservationists and their friends in the White House stay in power:
“The Marine Life Protection Act's new closures for Southern California went into effect Jan. 1 and sportfishing closures along the coast now represent anywhere from 20 to 40 percent of the once-popular, prime fishing areas, depending on who does the calculating.
“Oh, sure, vast areas of open ocean and poor habitat areas remain open, but no one fishes there. The closures don't represent "a small fraction" of coastal and inland waters. They are major and devastating.”
That’s an excerpt from an article in The Sun, entitled “Why fishing is on decline in the state.” Of course, the state mentioned is California.
The anti-fishing agenda there is a warning for the rest of us. And the “success” of the MLPA serves as a template for preservationists and their White House allies.
Read the article and see what is coming nationwide---- unless we stand up and say "no" to Big Government.