In case you haven’t been paying attention, RFA is the loud, rowdy guy in the room when the discussion is the loss of our rights to fish. “Compromise” generally is not in its vocabulary.
Recently, Dr. Jane Lubchenco of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration --- and Public Enemy No. 1 when it comes to endangering our rights to fish --- asked Congress for additional funding for Catch Shares, a federal scheme that would limit access, while allowing a few to profit from a public resource.
In response, RFA Executive Director Jim Donofrio said this:
"By commoditizing a public resource and placing share distinctions on individual fishes, what the catch share policy would do is give big corporations and wealthy non-profit groups the ability to buy up all the harvest for themselves, leaving individual anglers and coastal communities standing at the dock with nothing.
"This whole orchestrated effort by Dr. Lubchenco and her friends at Environmental Defense Fund is nothing more than a resource grab which will destroy our marine industry and take away access for millions of Americans.
"I can't fathom how Dr. Lubchenco can claim to support best available science when her Administration is asking Congress for money, not to improve stock assessments and data collection, but for coastal sharecropping schemes which will destroy our mom and pop businesses along the coast.”
So . . . want to support RFA in the fight? If so, join today, while you still can be entered in the Costa Rica contest.
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“Located along the scenic Pacific Coast of Costa Rica on the bay of Golfo Dulce, just 4 miles from Golfito, the Zancudo Lodge is a world-class destination for anglers looking to hook up marlin, sails, dorado, tuna, roosterfish, snapper, giant jacks, trevally, and many others.”