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Tuesday
Mar012011

For The Activist Angler, Protecting Recreational Fishing Is Paramount

Catch Shares is a scheme that, if implemented, would impact both commercial and recreational fishing. Because of that joint threat, commercials and some rec anglers have joined forces to oppose the big-government management strategy. 

Other rec anglers are hesitant to ally themselves too closely with the commercial fishing industry for an obvious reason: Through overfishing, commercials have depleted some of our stocks.

Ted Venker of the Coastal Conservation Association provides insights into the latter argument. The full article is here.

"In the fight to rein in this Administration’s zeal for catch shares, it is good to find common ground with Rep. Jones and others where we can. But it is also good to not get so caught up in overheated rhetoric that the recreational sector sells its soul and erases the lines between recreational angling and industrial fishing," he said.

Tuesday
Mar012011

Congress Likely to Cut Off Funding for Catch Shares

After the U.S. House of Representatives voted to cut off funding for Catch Shares, it appears that the Senate will follow suit.  That's because the House vote was bipartisan, with both Democrats and Republicans voicing their opposition to the catch-and-trade management scheme in which public fisheries are divided and allocated --- possibly permanently ---  to private interests. 

Scott Brown will be leading the way to stop Catch Shares in the Senate, according to the Gloucester Times, with a vote possible this week.

"Sen. Brown believes we should stop funding NOAA's current Catch Shares policy, and (he) looks forward to working with his Senate colleagues to do just that," said Colin Reed, press secretary for the Massachusetts Republican.

The Times article also provides some interesting insights into the incestuous relationship between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). On the surface, Catch Shares is a policy sought by the former, a government agency, as a way to sustain marine fisheries.

In reality, EDF, a special interest group, is driving the campaign to set public policy for a public resource, with little regard for what the public really wants. 

Monday
Feb282011

Feds Eager to Give Away U.S. Sovereignty for Seas, Fisheries

So . . . how would you like to be required to buy a United Nations (U.N.) license to fish in U.S. waters?  How would you like the U.N. telling you where you can and cannot fish?

No one is saying that these things are going to happen. But the way that this federal administration is pushing us, it’s not as far-fetched as it might have seemed a few years ago.

I’m not talking black-helicopter, tin-foil-hat conspiracies here. I’m talking about a provable, concerted effort by the feds to make us part of the “international” community for fisheries management.

Instead of our government encouraging U.N. members to study and adopt our conservation- and science-based fisheries and wildlife programs that are the best in the world, it wants us to fall into lockstep with an incompetent and corrupt organization that issues “stern admonishments” against genocide and allows despots and bureaucrats to steal billions of dollars from aid programs.

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Monday
Feb282011

Know Your Enemy: Check out This Propaganda Game from EDF

In case you haven't been paying attention, the feds are just a front for this assault on our right to fish through Catch Shares and the National Ocean Council.

Check out this "game" from the Environmental Defense Fund.  That's the organization pulling the puppet strings of the bureaucrats for Catch Shares, which is really just a marine variation of the adminstration's discredited and defeated cap-and-trade scheme for energy. The Catch Shares strategy isn't about conservation; it's about big-government control of our fisheries and our lives.

Check out the game, and then get mad and tell your representatives and senators in Congress to oppose funding for implementation of Catch Shares through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Monday
Feb282011

Feds Threaten Fisheries Not Just in Florida, But Nationwide

Friday’s rally against federal closures and restrictions on fisheries --- implemented by those driven by ideology rather than science --- wasn’t as well attended as the Fishing Rights Alliance (FRA) and other organizers had hoped.

Crowd was estimated to be between 300 and 600 at the event in front of the National Marine Fisheries Service office in St. Petersburg.

“But we did have pretty good media coverage,” said Vance Tice, FRA board member and owner of Tight Lines Tackle.

That’s important, not just in the Sunshine State either. Led by Dr. Jane Lubchenco, the feds are using closures (Magnuson-Stevens), Catch Shares, and the National Ocean Council in a power grab that will enable them to tell us when and where we can and cannot fish in our oceans, as well as for how long.

In Florida, that’s already translated into closures for red snapper and gag grouper. And Tice warns that cobia, wahoo, and dolphin (also known as dorado and mahi mahi) likely are next in line for federal restrictions.

“Even if you are not a fisherman, if you are a Floridian, you need to know what is going on down here,” said Tice. “We’re all going to pay (economically) when they close our fisheries.”

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