Representatives of a green group, regarded with suspicion by many in the fishing industry, came to New Bedford Friday with an offer of support for commercial fishermen still struggling to adapt to the quota system of fishery management.
An offer of support? Yeah. Ok. What a pile of green tinted doggy doo.
So Johanna Thomas, EDF Regional Director has come to help the fishermen of New Bedford, and gee willikers, the rest of New England I guess!
Maybe its EDF's logistical logic that brings her to the New England starting point, Cape Cod. Home of the Hookers. The East Coast home of the turncoats of their deceived New England brother fishermen.
................the plaintiffs noted that NOAA discounted as effectively unofficial and insignificant, a 160-page technical memorandum by NOAA that used the original Cape Cod hook program as a model for how to build limited access allocation program.
Later in the brief, the plaintiffs ridiculed NOAA's rebuttal brief filed in March for misinterpreting "and" to mean "or" to relieve itself of the burden of conducting economic "and" social impact studies to shape the nature of the new management regimen
If ya wanna piss off a real fisherman, and I know some, just mention the Hookers. You will get a lesson in the art of creative profanity. Colorful. Explicit. Real waterfront word art, and it's been earned.
Chances are, I may indulge some of that myself.
It seems as though Johanna and EDF desire long term sustainability in this fishery, and wants to make sure that happens!
Naturally, the real stakeholders, commercial fishermen that are the harvesters of the citizens resource depend on that for their livelihoods.
Johanna, and her EDF playmates are payed liberal salary's and benefit packages for their livelihoods.
Oceans Program. What a hoot.
The only program these parasites have is the commodity creation program for profit through privatization for outside investors.
EDF's advocacy for the catch share system now governing the groundfishery in New England has convinced many in the industry that the EDF agenda is hostile to commercial fishing.
The EDF Cap and Trade/Catch and Trade, Free Market environmental/capitalism experiment is hostile to the commercial fishing industry for a number of reasons.
Catch Shares saves not one fish.
Catch Shares are the awarding the fish resource to permit holders exclusively. There is no representation for the crewmen that are compensated through the lay/share system.
The profit to Federal Fishery permit holders, is generated from the hyde of fishermen that now pay for the ability to rent allocation for the right to work, with wage loss of up to 2/3.
The rent is essetially a tax. This is taxation with no representation for fishermen.
When you consider that the Hook whore, corporate fleet representation on the NEFMC, and NOAA's influence to skirt the law built into MSA to protect fishermen through the democratic process of a referendum vote, fishermen get pissed off.
If you take 2/3 from a guy's pay that busts his ass for a living, what do you think he'll say about EDF and the Hook Whores?
Catch Share turns commercial fishermen into share croppers!
Thats some program ya got there Johanna! No wonder the language is colorful!
The fact of the matter is, Johanna Thomas is not the first EDF cheerleader to come to New England. There has been plenty of interlopers from that green washing Walls St capitalistic parasitic parade of liar lawyer opportunist corporate puppets.
Jane Lubchenco has filled her agency with dozens of EDF and Pew operatives.
The EDF flaw is the idea that permit holders are fishermen, and the crew are just a bunch of riff raff with no skin in the game.
These smart bastards have no idea about the mechanics of the compensation system that shares the risk of a profit sharing enterprise between boat owner and crew.
Fish is sold through the auction, and prices fluctuate.
The crew pays the operating expenses each trip.
These are ignored by the EDF saviors of nothing. They must think everyone is compensated like they are.
I wonder how they think a fishing vessel would operate without a crew. It would not.
EDF collaborated with gear designers on innovations to improve fishing efficiency and the same thing could happen here, she said. EDF is willing to provide business planning services and will assist fishermen to gain access to capital if they are interested, according to Thomas.
As fishermen have had to adapt to the most heavily regulated industry, they have forged ahead with innovation. Go back to sleep.
Fishermen already know their business. Accessing capital means more expense. They are already marginal, and now that they must lease quota to operate, thanks to the EDF catch share scam, they are marginalized even further.
That's the Wall St mentality for you. Get them in deeper, then stage a hostile take over. "Lets get our skim".
We have a $5 million loan program on the West Coast and we've learned a lot from that," she said. Those funds are restricted to the West Coast now but the knowledge gained could work to leverage money here from a revolving fund recently established by the state to help fishermen. Learning where and how capital can make a difference for individual fishing businesses was an important lesson, according to Thomas. "If we had the opportunity to work with fishermen here, I think we could make a difference," she said
The difference you have already made in New England is divisiveness, job, and small family business destruction, wage devaluation, AND created new pressure on fish stocks, reversing twenty years of progress in restoring the sustainability you claim is the EDF goal.
Catch shares has saved not one fish, but a shitload more have been caught, thanks to the wheeling and dealing of quota rent.
"We have a lot of potential to help. We have loan officers and business planners who work with fishermen and we have expertise in how a fisherman can make his business more profitable. But first we need to overcome the sense of opposition and the controversy," Thomas said.
EDF created the controversy, and the sense of opposition you you seek to overcome will not go away.
EDF has introduced predatory Wall Street capitalism into an arena it does not belong in.
The fishermen that work on these vessels share the risk and expenses in a profit sharing venture between boat owner and crew.
They are all self employed. They have lost up to 2/3 of their shares paying for quota lease to sit at home permit holders that now receive rent money.
Between fuel cost and quota lease, where is the room for predatory lending that will drive them out of business?
There is none.
Go home, Johanna. Exchange your business suit for some bluejeans. Become an environmentalist. Plant a fucking tree, and get out of the fish business.