The road less traveled , is a strange one when you take it for the first time, if NOAA is a new topic in your world. The recent handling of the ecological assault by BP on the aquatic life from the microscopic , to the largest and most prized fish like Giant (Big Eye)Bluefin Tuna, and a large populations of Marine Mammals, excluding the Walrus, of course, is full of scandal. A few species of sea turtles lay their eggs in the once elegantly white beach sands of our beaches, and you know, I don't know of one person that does not care about our turtles, not one.Notice I say OUR. Because they are. YOURS, and mine. The property owners are every last citizen in this great country, that our fore fathers built, and passed along.
There certainly have been a lot of revelations, concerning the behavior of NOAA and for those that have never taken this fork in the road, I will try my very best to be your guide along a very, at times, confusing , but at times, fascinating road, that in the end, should lead you, to a place of knowledge, that is important to every American, to understand. Why? Because as people have learned of the plight of those affected in the Gulf region, from the oil worker to fisherman, alike, and the others in those community's, that depend on our natural resources, that we own, no one seems to be doing what you would think they should be doing. We pay people good money, and provide good benefits to those that are keeping an eye out for our best interests, and the general public is expecting nothing less. We are not getting our moneys worth. The end of the road, could be a cliff, unless the barriers go up.
Admiral Allen seems to carry the message, for the BP corporate Big Pigs , never delivering the same information that is ever consistent. It is at times quite erratic, so its obvious, BP is pulling his strings, and one name he brings up is Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D, Director, of NOAA. Ms. Lubchenco was last seen discussing the oil chart with the colored wedges, at a news conference that gave the thumbs up to the, gettin' back to business, cause the Wicked Witch is dead routine. Certainly Dr. Lubchenco, the nations leading Marine Scientist is credible! I will attest to one thing about the director. She really likes those pie charts. And so do, so many others. They always have them at every intersection that we encounter on this journey! if you pound hard enough at the links that are must reads as owners of our fish, and our land, that is leased by our government,to generate our fuel, jobs, and food. Thankfuly, we lost no Walrus, as NOAA had fallen asleep at the wheel.This is where you meet the Jane Lubchenco I am familiar with.
You need a little background about the free agents that harvest OUR seafood for us, as most of us don't have the access , for geographical reasons , or we don't have a trawler capable of fishing in February on Georeges Bank, to gather our Cod, and other seafood protein. There for we have what I call agents. The fishermen are our agents and Jane Lubchenco, has set up a system to actually remove a significant number of small family, multi generational, fishing operations for absolutely no reason. All of the indicators say that the fish stocks are at 90% rebuilt. Why the rush to implement Catch Shares? What the Hell are Catch Shares, and who is in favor of this scheme? Who wins, and who loses, in the quest to gather our seafood? I found this five part series of audio reports by WGBH, that will explain everything from over a thirty year period of the industry, and regulators. There are a few minor flaws in the reports, but nothing outrageously inaccurate. One issue of note, EDF is a financial contributor to NPR. (jes sayin)!
There are many reasons for concern as to the behavior of NOAA, and the twisting of facts, the aloof attitudes, and the secrecy surrounding the fishing industry, and now, the exposure of Jane Lubchencos NOAA, as an oil friendly participant in the Gulf, and now the exposure of the EDF crusade to eliminate small family businesses, that provide livings for those that catch our fish for us. They receive a percentage of the retail price of our fish, the reward for laying everything on the line, to do what most of us cannot do for ourselves. These are regular people like you and I, not bureaucrats feeding at the public trough, and certainly not investment savvy corpo/enviro professionals, that are removing them in the rush to deliver your fish to Wall St. traders.
The actions of our government agency's working in the Gulf, are appearing to be suspect, and when you consider the evidence that I have provided in this lay mans article, there is mounting evidence that a complete overhaul of NOAA, and the firing of Jane Lubchenco is fair compensation to our embattled fishing agents and possibly the removal of Gary Locke, US Commerce, will be necessary, as he has been less than concerned. Both of these individuals are named in a lawsuitbrought forth by a large delegation of industry representatives, city's, and bi partisan politicians. The evidence presented in this article is immense, and it should alarm every one of us. The behavior of Dr. Lubchenco may be new to my new found friends here on the vine, but I have many friends, that have felt the wrath of her for a very long time.
Some important links:http://www.fishnet-usa.com/
Where it all began:http://www.lib.noaa.gov/noaainfo/heritage/stratton/contents.html
Where its going:http://www.informationliberation.com/?id=31564