Race to the bottom: The politics of fishing

http://www2.tbo.com/news/opinion/2012/sep/04/naopino2-race-to-the-bottom-the-politics-of-fishin-ar-482230/

  • I would have to believe Dean Pruitt is a pro catch share kinda guy!

  • Fishing regulations net debate at hearing http://www.starfl.com/articles/panama-25420-regul
    PANAMA CITY — The bulk of some 60 bright-orange clad fishermen stood applauding after Donald Waters delivered testimony Saturday at a congressional hearing in Panama City.

    After the crescendo of clapping hands, “we got our word in,” came from one of the audience members gather at Florida State University Panama City.

    The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee oversight field hearing, titled “Fishing Jobs: How Strengthening America’s Fisheries Strengthens Our Economy,” was called by chairman of the Natural Resources Committee Doc Hastings, R-Wash., and Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Panama City, to gather information on how data collection and management policies have affected local fisheries.

    In turn, the hearing drew concerned commercial fishers from along the Gulf of Mexico.

    “With all due respect, we don’t need Congress taking us back to the failures of the past,” Waters said. “We need you to help us address the changes of the future. . . . Do not turn back the clock, help us conserve our fisheries and jobs for tomorrow.”

    Many of the commercial fishermen, wearing shirts that read “Keep catch-shares on the table, Keep fish on the table,” agreed with Waters’ sentiments to not reform current policies. The main concern being on guidelines set by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, which is up for reauthorization as soon as 2013.