The New England groundfish debacle (Part III): who or what is at fault? Nils E. Stolpe/FishNet USA

It took me a while to decide how to most accurately describe the situation that has been visited upon the New England fishing communities that are and since colonial times have been dependent on the groundfish fisheries. I finally settled on “debacle”  because it means about the same thing as “fiasco”  but with a heap more gravitas. And I can only think of what’s going on, and what has been allowed to go on, in that fishery as a fiasco on steroids. An awful lot has been written – and said – recently about New England groundfish but no one appears to have tied it all up into a neat and coherent package. Not being directly involved in the fishery or its management, and being at least twelve hundred miles removed from it, I’m going to try to do  that from the position of semi-objectivity that separation allows. continued

  • – Moderator

    I am always amazed at Stolpe’s work.
    Always accurate, backed up with information.

  • philips66

    Awesome! No better way to display her incompetence and shadyness, than by using her own words!

    • – Moderator

      As Stolpe points out, her action was simply that of a figurehead, a deer head mounted on the wall, of the ENGO’s following the successful hijacking of inept, uninformed politicians that are willing to accept lobby money from the ENGO’s.
      It’s all about greed.
      The ENGO’s have campaigned to portray fishermen as greedy, with wreckless motivation to fish themselves out of existence.
      We know that’s not true.
      The system was designed to fail.