Letter: NOAA can never take away fishermen’s souls

manatthewheelTo the editor: You know I’ve had people ask why I stepped down from my “official” positions in fishing industry advocacy?  Because I found that I — no, we — could no longer make a difference. Our sacrifices, our input, our expertise, our faith in the process and rule of law, have all been dismissed as “anecdotal input”, hardly worth the paper it was printed on, let alone the postage. Sadly, Read the rest here 07:57

  • borehead

    To the editor:

    You know I’ve had people ask why I stepped down from my “official” positions in fishing industry advocacy?

    Because I found that I — no, we — could no longer make a difference.

    Our sacrifices, our input, our expertise, our faith in the process and rule of law, have all been dismissed as “anecdotal input”, hardly worth the paper it was printed on, let alone the postage.

    How do you lose trust that never was? How do you create a disaster out of a cyclical alteration of species abundance and distribution? How do you deliberately dismember a living, breathing, vibrant, tradition? How do you attempt to callously expunge the innate character of communities which pre-date the revolution?

    It’s pretty simple — just go to work for NOAA.

    One thing that I must make perfectly clear to these people, however, is that — while you may take away our jobs, our boats, our permits, our homes — you’ll never take our souls. You see, “Gloucestermen keep on fishin’” — even when we can’t!

    PAUL COHAN

    Gloucester

  • Rocky Novello

    NOAA HAS BEEN TREATING COMMERCIAL FISHERMAN AS SECOND CLASS CITIZENS,SINCE 1970S, HOPING IT WILL CHANGE IN MY LIFE !!!!!

  • Joel Hovanesian

    So sad and so unnecessary. Shame on those who have been responsible for this destruction/genocide of our fishermen and their communities.

    Beware of the karma that no doubt awaits those responsible.

    • StripedBassHole

      You know Joel I recant. Fuck them Fuck them ALL…

      • Joel Hovanesian

        Well put

  • StripedBassHole

    A computer can’t read Paper Documents. It requires Data input to run the PERFECT WORLD “MODEL”…

  • StripedBassHole

    Replying to Joel on Ray Lamont’s Closed Chronicles: To the afflictures. Such is Life in the ORB for those suffering from RECTAL CRANIAL INVERSION…