Five weeks after Gov. Deval Patrick asked Commerce Secretary Gary Locke for emergency increases in groundfish catch limits, the man who stands between northeastern fishing families and economic survival remains silent. Unless he acts without delay, more fishermen will lose their livelihoods. Scientific data support a higher catch; it is possible and necessary, without endangering fish stocks.
When Gary Locke stepped in to answer for the the extremely low allocations, set by NMFS, he gave the commercial fishermen of the Northeast, a sense of hope, and change. Sound familiar?
Jane Lubchenco, NOAA director, and subordinate of Locke, has, with full support of the administration, pretty much destroyed four hundred years of tradition, and has done everything she possibly could, to dis enfranchise, hundreds of hard working small family businesses, and fishermen, who have shared in the catch, to support their family's, and earn decent livings. This was done, because the oceans were being raped, and destroyed by fishermen, and the only thing left will be jellyfish, by 2045. So stated in the bogus bill of goods, "Ocean's of Abundance",a collaboration of bullshit, published by proven data manipulating ENGO supported "marine scientist's". It was so alarming, Obama bit! Hook, line, and sinker.
This policy was adopted by Obama, and is in full speed ahead mode, and is working just as the EDF group expected it to. On what basis would this plan be relevant? On the basis of thirty five years ago, when we had a government that encouraged these small businessmen, fishing boat owner/operators, to expand, and become officiant. From the introduction of the otter trawl, US fish Commission 1903, to this destructive policy, the US Governments role has been overlooked, and the troubles have been blamed on greedy fishermen, that would catch the last fish in the ocean. Nothing could be further from the truth. Except this report. The bait that landed EDF, the biggest fish of all, President Obama.
There is mounting proof, a continuing stream of proof, that this scheme was not necessary.http://bore-head007.newsvine.com/_news/2010/12/07/5606044-apocalypse-forestalled-why-earths-fisheries-stock-arent-collapsing-cool-green-science-the-conservation-blog-of-the-nature-conservancy, and this is from a ENGO! Shocking!
That is just one source. This report will explain why the current crisis is fabricated, and agenda drive.
The New England groundfish fishery is one of the most historically significant fisheries in the world. The greatest parts of the New England character and all of New England’s coastal communities have deep roots in it going back for centuries. Were it not for the groundfish fishery, for the money it generated and for the people that it attracted, New England would be a far different region, lacking much of what makes it so attractive today.
We have been told for years that the New England groundfish fishery in particular is in a state of crisis. In seemingly endless media accounts, in foundation-funded study after study and report after report, the New England groundfish fishery is held up as one of the best examples available of how a fishery can be destroyed by mismanagement. We are constantly told that because of the rapacity of the fishermen and their willingness to break the laws, the laxness of fisheries enforcement, the conflicts of interest in the management bodies, the overwhelming efficiency of the boats and gear, the overcapitalization of the fleet, in fact, because of virtually everything that the fishermen are either responsible for or have any influence over, they are all facing imminent financial ruin and will only be saved (from themselves, of course) by a revolutionary shift in how we manage our fisheries.
In New England, the groundfish fishery -- once among the richest in the world -- collapsed under the weight of a grossly bloated fleet controlled by tardy and ineffective regulations. (Natural Resources Defense Council, Hook, Line, and Sinking: The Crisis in Marine Fisheries, 1997.
It seems a classic disaster in the making, and thanks to a media machine that’s hungry for bad news to report, and to journalists who generally have neither the resources and skills necessary for nor the interest in digging beyond the canned gloom and doom releases that are incessantly provided by the ocean branch of the crisis industry, it’s a perception that’s well on its way to becoming a reality. And it’s doing so with the apparent encouragement of the upper echelon of the National Marine Fisheries Service in the US Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA/NMFS), the agency that is responsible for managing our federal fisheries and our coastal waters outside of three miles.
We’d be among the first to admit that the groundfish fishermen today are facing a crisis, but the crisis we see is a significantly different crisis than the one that’s distorting domestic fisheries management and threatening the very fabric of fishing communities that have adapted, survived and thrived for generationshttp://www.fishnet-usa.com/chronic_underfishing.htm
Yesterday, in New Bedford,Ma., Mayor Scott Lang held a meeting to discuss this EDF/NOAA created crisis, with fishermen, and various members of this fish dependent region, that make up the infrastructure of the industry, and to update the group on the actions, or rather, inaction's, of Secretary Gary Locke.http://www.savingseafood.org/opinion/new-bedford-standard-times-raise-the-catch-limits-3.html Locke has stated he has the authority to raise the catch limits. He stated this, while Jane Lubchenco was excluded from a key meeting, giving the impression that he was over riding Lubchenco. Here is where cruelty comes in. He stated he had the authority..... he never said he would.
This is the article, with the audio from yesterday's meeting, at the bottom of the page. I hear nothing but despair, from the toughest men, on the planet, New England Fishermen. Can you tell me, why this has to be? Grow men, with trembling voices, as they explain the collateral damage to their children, family's, and communities. Why/WHY? Because Obama sold his soul to EDF
Gary Locke, you cold hearted SOB , Raise the allocations.NOW.
President Obama, Thiswill be your Waterloo. Fire Lubchenco. NOW.