Tag Archives: Featured Writer Dick Grachek

From Dick Grachek: CLF and The Right to the Judicial System

 From a Savingseafood.org post: Conservation Law Foundation & Earthjustice Make Unfounded Claims in Lawsuit Filing The day after the Mass. AG announced a lawsuit against NOAA, CLF filed two lawsuits against NOAA over Framework 48, implemented to provide some relief to the struggling fishery while still conserving fish habitats. Read the article here Yes definitely, CLF’s bogus counter-suit is fanciful and an adolescent tantrum, and one of their extreme reactions to challenges.  But CLF has other motives for suing besides the content of its claims making any sense. From CLF’s perspective they own the court system and they seem to take it personally when someone else sues NOAA.  In response to Attorney General Coakley’s action on behalf of fishing, CLF declares that there is an intruder in the lawsuit house—and for political reasons to boot—”Foul!” they cry—these are certainly not the benevolent, altruistic, and sophisticated adult motives that drive CLF to sue, as outlined in Shelley’s 2001 speech discussed below. [email protected]

A Fish Story

This documentary follows the plight of 2 commercial fishing families as they cope with falling fish stocks and increasing government regulation. This is a foundational expose of a relationship between enviro- opportunists and a certain type of fisherman. I will link this interesting and timely piece written by our own Dick Grachek, “CLF and CLF Ventures: or we get rich by litigating the hostile takeover and trading away of public resources for corporate exploitation while claiming to save the planet.” read the article  and the video,  A Fish Story

This is also quite a read! Like I said. Timely!

From the Ocean and Coastal Law Journal – Cost/benefit of litigation in fishery management, Vol 7-1, 2001
Ten Years After The Fall: Litigation And Groundfish Recovery In New England
Peter Shelley, Esq., Vice President, Conservation Law Foundation

Cod, NOAA, and Existence by Featured Writer Dick Grachek

This is an expanded response to John B.’s posted comment on a Standard-Times, New Bedford, article by Steve Urbon titled:  “Petition seeks closing of NOAA fisheries regional office”,  a comment in which John B. states that the New England fishermen’s troubles are due to “over harvesting” and that NOAA is not the cause of the fishermen’s troubles.”, NOAA’s role he contends, “…is only the bearer of bad tidings” and so NOAA then, quite innocently, didn’t “cause” any of this mess; instead, he warns fishermen that “…unless the [fishing] industry takes an unflinching look at the realities that it is facing” or, “Ignore the realities, and the New England fishing industry may well go the way of Newfoundland’s, which fished itself out of existence some years ago.”

Link to the article and comment at the Standard Times

Read this article and others at Dick’s column here

I risk appearing way-too-jaded,but can’t help being inspired by endeavors like this one!

Featured Writer Dick Grachek

I risk appearing way-too-jaded, but can’t help being inspired by endeavors like this one:

Would this area of Guppies Science (GS) perhaps qualify as a worthwhile Fisheries Research Project (FRP) for EDF-CLF-Pew-NOAA to invest in for some Best Available Science (BAS)? Along with money for Aquaculture Start-Ups (AQS-U) and Deep Sea Minerals Exploration (DSME) they might be tempted to throw a few $mil towards this Post-Doctoral Guppy Research (P-DGR).

Also along the lines of the Guppy Science article, I’ve included below some more Aquarium Fisheries Research Science (AFRS)(allright I’ll stop!) on the Yellow Tang “Fishery” from Oregon State University and a brilliant piece by Jane Lubchenco concerning turtle deaths in the Gulf of Mexico, as well.

Jane’s article and the OSU work from a few years ago certainly seems to be representative of the ridiculous level that these NOAA academics operate on.  The tragedy is that their “science”—with push from EDF, CLF, and Pew—is turned into policy, then law, then fishery regulations that have devastated a vital domestic industry. Read more at Dick’s Featured Writer column here