They fought the good fight on fishing regulations

As expected — and hoped by some — sector management is decimating the fleet, collapsing it into fewer and larger boats, and putting people out of work. After all we’ve been through, here’s a quote from the No. 1 sector advocate, the person who came from the Environmental Defense Fund to become administrator of NOAA, Dr. Jane Lubchenco, on the announcement in September of a fishery state of emergency in the Northeast:

“Fishing is the lifeblood of many coastal communities, providing jobs, a continuation of an historic tradition and culture, recreational opportunities for millions of anglers, and contributing to food security for the nation. Finding solutions will not be easy but, by continuing to work together, we can have healthy fish stocks, profitable fisheries and vibrant fishing communities.”

Those sure are nice words. We’ve heard a lot of nice words from NOAA in the past two or three years, haven’t we? The real lesson runs counter to the lofty pronouncements about caring and cooperation. Instead, it is, Don’t challenge anything NOAA does or says, or question its motives as it buries embarrassing reports, or point out the bugs in the science, or wonder why no one has lost their job over the law enforcement fiasco.

And if you want to take it to court, then remember: The law makes it almost impossible to overturn a regulation, which is what New Bedford and Gloucester and all the others were trying to do to save their communities and save their livelihoods. http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20121130/NEWS/211300340/-1/NEWS

They of Honor and Integrity whom would seek Justice.

CITY OF NEW BEDFORD; NEW HAMPSHIRE COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN’S ASSOCIATION; PAUL THERIAULT; CHUCK WEIMER; DAVID ARIPOTCH; TEMPEST FISHERIES, LTD.; GRACE FISHING, INC.; RICHARD GRACHEK; ROANOKE FISH CO., INC.; AMERICAN ALLIANCE OF FISHERMEN AND THEIR COMMUNITIES; NEW BEDFORD FISH LUMPERS PENSION PLAN; CITY OF GLOUCESTER; ATLANTIC COAST SEAFOOD, INC.; LYDIA & MAYA, INC.; JOHN & NICHOLAS, INC.; BERGIE’S SEAFOOD, INC.; NORDIC, INC.; LYMAN FISHERIES, INC.; THE HOPE II, INC.; REIDAR’S MANUFACTURING, INC.; DIAMOND DOG FISHING CORP.; ATLANTIC ENTERPRISES, LLC; WANCHESE FISH COMPANY; EASTER JOY, INC.; LOCAL 1749 ILA, AFL-CIO, NEW BEDFORD FISH LUMPERS PENSION PLAN,

  • borehead

    From a fine friend.

    "You didn't know it, you didn't think it could be done, in the final end he [we] won the wars After losin' every battle."
    Bob Dylan,IdiotWind1974
    It's not "They Fought" it's "They Fight" we're just getting started!
    Yes we are!