Susanne Altenburger — The only way out that’s left, Combining groundfish ecology with fleet economics

unloading crab, new bedfordYou’d figure that this is just another colorful waterfront tale, here of improbable schemes hatched by folks of grand ambitions fiercely pursuing 50 percent visions — to never quite succeed, despite rich claims of “institutional authority,” “legitimate interest-representation,” defining “industrial policies” under whatever fractured grasp of “ecology.” And it would be a fine yarn, indeed — had not our Resource-Ecology and our Fleet-&-Port Economics been damaged to the great cost to businesses, too many families, our communities. Read the rest here 08:18

  • Joel Hovanesian

    If more fish is caught than nature can reproduce, both the resource and the fleet will be ruined.
    Your words.
    Well until the government and all their experts got involved, nothing was ruined. Yes there were fluctuations in stock size of different species but when that occurred other species of fish were sought and the stocks that were diminished were left alone because of economic reasons. And the fleet and the ports all managed to survive.
    This is and always has been a self regulating industry. What has killed the fleet and the ports are the so called experts who are carrying the water for their special interest friends. The ENGO’s who are now in positions of power within our government promoting tyranny to advance their special interest goals.
    The notion of having all stocks of fish at historically high levels all at the same time is a fools errand and anyone who claims different is a bald face liar.
    Sustainability is the new catch phrase for those who promote the new world order and their UN mandates.
    When injustice becomes law, rebellion becomes duty.
    We are loosing our republic.

    • borehead

      Sustainability is a buzzword that holds no true meaning. It’s often thought of in the purist sense, which means stability.
      The wackos only like to use the word to make themselves feel better.
      When you mention to the Humane Society people that seals are a natural sustainable resource, they seem not interested in the sustainable part.

  • chris scola

    Is she advocating that the engos go after fishermen for having boats that aren’t “green” enough ?. Its the engos that have created the environment that doesn’t allow fishermen to upgrade to more efficient boats. And I guess she hasn’t heard about the new CG regs that are forcing builders to design larger boats to classification society standards, which are going to double design and construction costs. I guess in her green world money really does grow on tree’s

    • borehead

      I like her. I’ve met her before, a number of years ago. I think her idea’s for the industry are not reflected in reality.
      The wife of the late Philip C. Bolger, she has continued with old idea’s that should have, but were not advanced for a number of reasons.
      http://www.messingaboutinboats.com/article1.html
      Dammed glad to see you here, Chris!

      • jmknbsc .

        I think that Susan & her late husband Phil have the right idea; it’s just that their thoughts about how it could be implemented are not very compatible with today’s fishermen.
        For most fishermen, the days of sail are long gone & forgotten, that is for those who ever even knew it. The closest that I ever came to sail power, was in the form of a riding sail, & now outriggers have the same role aboard most fishing vessels.
        That shouldn’t take away from their general premise, that the fishing industry needs to get better at designing vessels that are more fuel efficient, & safer at the same time.
        Neither of those two ambitions are at odds with what most fishermen would like to accomplish, but at a time in our history, those are at odds with the income levels of most groundfish fishermen!
        I think that the passion of both Phil & Susan have dimmed their perspective of that reality somewhat; BUT maybe someday…
        Jim Kendall – NBSC

        • DickyG

          We could be cutting our fuel bills tremendously right now by converting to diesel-electric propulsion. Rail locomotives, tugs, and fishing vessels from other “developed” nations have been using diesel- electric power for decades. Too bad the U.S, fisheries are not perceived as legitimate enough to warrant funding possibilities for such conversions to our 35 year old vessels.