A Letter to NOAA Fisheries Assistant Administrator Chris Oliver about the resumption of Observer coverage

Mr. Oliver. Recently you sent out an announcement about the resumption of Observer coverage set to begin on August 14th in fisheries where coverage had been suspended due to the Corona virus outbreak for the last 5 months. Personally I find your reasons for the resumption of observer coverage to be not only reckless, but dangerous to the health and safety of the American fishermen who make their living from the sea.,, Yet you, in your infinite bureaucratic knowledge of what is right and what is wrong, think that at this time it is vitally important that observers be placed on fishing vessels where they can endanger the health of not only the crewmen but their families. Interestingly, you have not put your own employees at risk. You have cancelled trawl survey’s for the remainder of this year so as not to risk their exposure to this lethal disease. This despite the fact that the NOAA trawl survey vessels are state of the art, and their crew could actually be quarantined before a trip to assure their safety. I’m sure they would be happy to collect two weeks of pay for sitting around watching TV somewhere. >click to read< 15:05

3 Responses to A Letter to NOAA Fisheries Assistant Administrator Chris Oliver about the resumption of Observer coverage

  1. Richard L Beal says:

    Exellent letter Mr.Lovgren i echo every word I’ve been fishing since 1966 In the beginning we begged the government to save us from the forien fleets but in the end it’s our own government that has destroyed us.

  2. jim lovgren says:

    Rich, no truer words were ever spoken, Jim

    • James Catfish says:

      Jim, you took the words right out of my mouth! I believe industry as a whole must ban together and not take observers! When GARFO opens back up in gloucester and opens its doors to the public, and council meetings become live and in person, and the trawl survey resumes ,then and only then should we begin to take the clown show on our vessels.. Oliver is truly a bureaucrat , that being a two faced hypocritical jerk..

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