If you are to defend what you love from threats, you must first identify the enemies. For recreational fishing, here are the big three:
1. Animal rights groups. Historically, organizations such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and Humane Society of the United States have been the most vocal in their opposition to fishing, as well as hunting and trapping. PETA especially has made a name for itself with campaigns that are more goofy than effective.
They aren’t the No. 1 threat anymore. But because of their deep pockets and alliances with left-wing environmental groups, they are a force to be reckoned with and concerned about. Check out their history at the Activistcash website: PETA and HSUS.
2. Big-government advocates in the Obama administration and their well-funded non-government allies, including Environmental Defense Fund and Pew Environmental Trusts. Via Catch Shares, the National Ocean Council, and other schemes, they want to limit access to fisheries and to tell us where we and cannot fish. They pursue their objectives under the guise of ending “overfishing.”
Check out this great article about the Catch Shares scheme at The American Thinker.
And here’s one of the latest examples of the anti-fishing misinformation campaign, as reported by the Center for Coastal Conservation.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is the chief threat here, with director Jane Lubchenco as the 500-pound gorilla in the room. She served on the board of the Pew Oceans Commission and was a trustee for the EDF.
Some of these people are anti-fishing. Others aren’t necessary against it, but don’t care about recreational fishing’s vast historic, cultural, and economic value. They would consider its demise an acceptable loss for implementation of their big-government vision in which public access to a public resource is limited, while a favored few reap huge profits.