There is a lot of news about imported fish that is substandard, and tainted with chemicals, and pollutants. We import 80% of the seafood consumed in this country. Genetic engineering and aquaculture seems to be what this government would like to see be the predominate product that they would like to see you eat.Could your seafood contain toxic chemicals? You had better believe it could, and does. As the Obama administration kills off the ones that deliver the absolute best seafood products in the world, and drives the price up at the retail level, they are allowing inferior products to be the benchmark of quality.
Why the push for these products? Because we know that seafood is a healthy source of protein, and it is also delicious. What they don't tell is how dangerous imported products are. They don't mention talapia being raised for export in countrys that allow sewerage to flow into the places they raise these fish.
What they DO tell you is that evil, greedy, US fishermen are destroying the ocean, and taking every last fish they can find, and will not stop until there are only jellyfish left in our ocean. The Environmental Activist Industry would have you believe that, and with plenty of money from questionable sources, they have convinced many. Including President Obama. (a sucker born every minute?) There is nothing further from the truth
American Seafood Defense Fund
The American Seafood Defense Fund was established in June 2010 to support legal action against NOAA and the Federal Government in instances where regulation is hurting coastal economies in violation of National Standard 8 of the Magnuson-Stevens Act.
In numerous ways, over a long period of time, NOAA has been operating outside the bounds of good public policy, the plain language of the law, and is not responsive to the concerns of those that it regulates.
While the defendants in the suit -- the Federal Government and the Conservation Law Foundation -- are able to use tax dollars or tax-deductible contributions to fund their fight against our fisheries, fishermen and their families need to raise money so that the ports of New Bedford and Gloucester -- which have joined the suit, can fight on their behalf.
"The reason that we are attracting more and more plaintiffs, and the reason that we have the strong support of Congressman Frank and other lawmakers is because we are right on the merits," said New Bedford Mayor Scott Lang. The mayor continued, "This is an example of the government running afoul of the law and being doctrinaire, arbitrary, and in some cases punitive in their implementation of the Magnuson Act."
Gloucester Mayor Carolyn Kirk pointed out that "NOAA took a program developed in single-species fisheries and replicated it in the New England multi-species complex. That will put our ground fishery out of business." Mayor Kirk continued, "We're seeing wage cuts and job losses and we are asking the Court to intervene on behalf of fishermen."
Dr. Brian Rothschild, Dean Emeritus of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth School for Marine Science and Technology noted "It is now clear to most observers that NOAA was derelict in implementing catch shares on May 1. The necessary scientific and economic analyses were not in place, and as a result, family income for many employed on vessels or in related businesses are being damaged."
Kristin Decas, executive director of the New Bedford Harbor Development Commission, who is spearheading the fundraising effort points out that "NOAA has failed to analyze the impacts these regulations will have on small businesses, fishing and coastal communities. And they did not consider ways to mitigate costs and the regulatory burden." Ms. Decas continued, "In the past decade, Federal regulations have driven many small fishermen out of business. We can't afford further consolidation of the industry."
Contributions may be made online at this site with a credit card or by check sent to:
American Seafood Defense Fund
New Bedford Harbor Development Commission
PO Box 50899
New Bedford, MA 02745
In-person contributions will be accepted at the New Bedford Harbor Development Commission offices at 52 Fishermen's Wharf in the Wharfinger Building on the New Bedford Waterfront.
Please help us in this effort to preserve our fisheries and coastal communities. Donations of any size -- large or small -- are welcome, needed, and helpful. No contribution is too small!
So, the reason I am posting this article, is to inform you of a situation that is critical.
We have at our disposal, the absolute best seafood, in the world, and our fishermen cannot
have access to it. I don't know about you, but, I love Codfish, and those firm white flakes that
melt in your mouth, but now, it is six dollars higher than last year, retailing at $10.00 dollars per pound,
And I no longer can afford to buy it. The fishermen are not seeing the boat price rise like the retail price.
I do have a little money in my newsvine account, and I will donate it to the American Seafood Defense Fund.
I am asking you, my fellow viners, to also contribute, any ammount from your newsvine earnings, to help
fund the lawsuit described in the article. If you care about fighting for justice, and the underdog, this would