Opinion: Cashes Ledge decision a victory for open government

cashes ledge closedThe decision by the Obama administration to pass on a proposal to make a large swath of the Gulf of Maine a national monument is not only a victory for fishermen. It’s also a win for those who favor open government. News came late last week that the administration would not, in fact, use the federal Antiquities Act to make the area around Cashes Ledge a permanent “maritime national monument” by executive decree. The environmental lobby is not abandoning its efforts. Read the rest here 07:49

2 Responses to Opinion: Cashes Ledge decision a victory for open government

  1. Ec Newell Man says:

    A “pass” on this proposal for now…or so some may believe. Do not think for a moment that this is done and over, especially as this is one of the “to-do” things on the enviro’s wish list. Over the past several years, hasn’t this administration done a ‘180’ on a number of a environmental/energy related issues?

    As long as the current rogue, ultra progressive administration is in the White House, ANYTHING can happen….especially before this communist loving embarrassment with a phone and pen exits before noon on January 20th, 2017.

  2. Borehead says:

    From Jim [email protected] New Bedford Seafood Consulting:

    Wow! This is one of the most accurate articles that I’ve seen on this issue. One fact that I think you might have missed was the lousy level of public notice for this one “public hearing”! While very few of us outside of the environmental industry had heard about the meeting, let alone with adequate time or notice, those of us in the industry who did, made every effort to attend.

    The environmental industry did their usual dog & pony show for the benefit of the press by actually marching in a young group of supporters in their pretty pink hats, etc. Apparently they had gotten due notice to arrange their participation in the process. Speaking of adequate information, there was a sum total of “one” graphic in the entire presentation, & that was for an opening slide. From there on, there were no charts, graphs or tables presented to even show the areas of discussion. I seriously doubt that any of the concerned members of that environmental army even knew where or what Cashes Ledge really is!

    Another fact that wasn’t & still isn’t very well known, is that Cashes Ledge WAS NOT part of their original effort or intent, but was added to the environmental agenda as an afterthought. You know; “after someone thought” that they didn’t think of including it in the first place. The original areas of concern, the canyons & sea-mounts, actually took up less time & space, & offered no clear scientific value or understanding for the necessity of the protection they were clamoring for.

    I credit Tom Nies & the New England Council people with trying to explain how the current protections that are now in place for Cashes Ledge, will protect the areas that might need protection, while still allowing fishing access to the relatively small area that doesn’t. Someone, it may have been Captain Jon Williams, also mentioned that there is no real information, scientific or otherwise, that would justify declaring these canyon & sea-mount areas as national monuments, & in doing so would diminish the value of the true areas of concern.

    Jim Kendall 3/29/16

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