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Biologists: Fisheries at Risk as Bills Target Science-Based Conservation – Reauth hearing tomorrow

Are fish the next casualties in the war on science? A group of distinguished marine scientists, including a former administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), apparently think so. More than 200 scientists have signed a letter addressed to the United States Congress opposing efforts to weaken the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the 1976 law that governs management of U.S. fisheries and is credited with preventing the collapse of fish stocks. Conservation group Oceana released the letter on Monday, October 23, the day before a Senate subcommittee holds a hearing on the Act.  click here to read the story 10:05

Reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act: Fisheries Science – U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), chairman of the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard, will convene the hearing titled “Reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act: Fisheries Science,” at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. The hearing is the fourth of the series and will focus on the state of our nation’s fisheries and the science that supports sustainable management. click here for details 

Hang him! Hang him high!

OK, OK, I get it! Carlos Rafael, aka, “The Codfather,” has done some pretty reprehensible things while amassing what seemingly is the largest percentage of ownership of the US multispecies groundfish fleet. I am not going to try to defend his actions, or his reasoning, but I would like to point out that there is plenty of guilt to go around and some people should not be so quick to point their finger at him alone. What is it that they say about casting the first stone? Apparently, among his sins is his aforementioned ownership of the largest fleet of multi-species groundfish vessels, as well as some scallop vessels. While this may be true, let us ponder what enabled, abetted, and allowed him to gain such an advantage over everyone else. At this point, he wasn’t breaking the law, he was only taking advantage of it, and of those who most fervently wanted it! click here to read the op-ed 09:27

Get your Barf Bags ready Campers. The Bionic Woman of Good Science, Jane Lubchenco

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On a blindingly bright autumn morning, I’m standing with Jane Lubchenco on the rocky shoreline, two hours south of San Francisco at the southern end of Monterey Bay. There’s a camera crew with us, filming her for an upcoming documentary on large-scale global marine reserves.More broadly, she sees good news, which is no small thing for one of the world’s most important environmental scientists, celebrated for her decades- long efforts to call out the ways that human activities have unintentionally disrupted environmental stability. Lubchenco is a marine ecologist who has studied the Oregon coast for close to 40 years. After President Barack Obama named her in 2008 to head up the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as part of his “green dream team,” she was called the “bionic woman of good science” at her Senate confirmation hearings, where she received unanimous approval.Last year, she was given an unusually free-form mandate by the Department of State to travel the world as the United States’ first ocean diplomat. So what’s she going to do with it? (You already know, but don’t let it stop you from treating yourself.) Read the rest here 15:45

Bill Karp, Director of Northeast Fisheries Science Center is retiring

bill karpThe head of NOAA Fisheries’ Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole has announced his retirement in September from federal service after just under four years as head of the center. Bill Karp came to Cape Cod after serving many years in the Alaska Fisheries Science Center, and has 30 years of fisheries research experience. The science centers conduct most of the fisheries research regulators then use to set policies and quotas, and is often in the middle of sharp disagreements between researchers and the commercial fishing industry. Karp is a regular presence at the marathon New England Fisheries Management Council’s meetings. Karp wrote in a retirement announcement that he was honored to have been selected for the position on the Cape and enjoyed working with dedicated and accomplished staff. Read the rest here 19:29

FishNet USA/Update – So how’s that “catch shares” revolution working out for groundfish?

10172769-largeFrom Nils Stolpe – Alternating with original FishNet USA articles I will be going back to pieces I’ve written (for FishNet and other outlets) over the past 19 years – isn’t it amazing how fast time goes when you’re having fun? – to see how accurate I was in identifying industry trends and predicting what their impacts were going to be. Rather than redistributing the original articles I’ll link to them on the web and try to keep these updates to two pages or under. The original for this update from March, 2014 can be read here    Read the rest here. 13:31

On BP oil spill anniversary, ex-NOAA director urges major changes in federal spill contingency plan

Five years after the BP oil spill, the National Contingency Plan used by federal agencies to respond to major environmental threats still needs to be revamped to adjust to the lessons from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster, said , a marine biologist who ran the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration during the spill. During the BP spill, Lubchenco said, federal responders were forced to adapt on the run. (They fell flat on their faces!) Read the rest here 12:06

Seafood fraud cases plummet as NOAA cuts investigators

clip_image002_001In a sprawling warehouse five miles inland from the port of Newark, N.J.,  Scott Doyle was dwarfed by the metal shipping container that had just arrived from Indonesia and was headed to Maryland. It held 14 tons of pasteurized crabmeat, packed into 28,008 one-pound cans. To Doyle, who has been an investigator for 27 years at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Organization, the container held mysteries — and the potential for crimes. Read the rest here 20:56

Jane say’s lack of diversity is impeding effective conservation action!

10172769-largeThere seems to be some squabbling in the Environmental Industry over diversity! Nearly 250 experts, including Jane Lubchenco, have signed a letter saying infighting and exclusion of women and minorities within the conservation movement is preventing effective action worldwide. Where’s all the cumbyia? Read the rest here, apologies to my friends for the photo. 19:04:44

Former NOAA Director Back at Oregon State University

10172769-large“I’m immensely proud of what we were able to accomplish during the four years I was at NOAA. I return to OSU with new insights, contacts and energy to help strengthen our ability to be positioned for the challenges that lie ahead.” Read more here  10:39

Former Minerals Management Service director, Elizabeth Birnbaum,: US ‘on a course to repeat’ Gulf oil spill

In an opinion piece in the New York Times, the former Minerals Management Service director, Elizabeth Birnbaum, says the Obama administration “still has not taken key steps . . . to increase drilling safety.” Birnbaum, who was ousted from her job overseeing offshore drilling just weeks after BP’s Macondo well blew out in the Gulf, penned the op-ed with Jacqueline Savitz, vice president for U.S. oceans at the conservation group Oceana. Read more here NOAA Inaction in the Gulf of Mexico -In her September 21, 2009 twenty-six page response to Lisa Birnbaum, Director of the Mineral Management Service on the Draft Proposed Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2010-2015. Ms. Lubchenco Read more here  18:43

Riding the Pew Science Short Bus to “The Best Available Science”

The Short BusLooks like U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns took a ride on the Pew Science Short Bus! Hey, Judge!  look at this graphic. 13:36

Gang Green is a dangerous, overwhelming power. That power lock must be broken – Big Green’s well-financed hold on fisheries policy

environmental-watchdog[1]For more than a decade, the National Marine Fisheries Service has devoured fishing fleets while Big Green’s money octopus prods the feds by waving grant-eating enviros in its tentacles, causing them to hook the public’s attention with mindless frenzy against “overfishing.” Biologist Jane Lubchenco, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration — who resigned in February — was arguably the brainiest and most viciously crass NOAA administrator ever. Members of Congress called for her resignation for destroying fishing fleets in struggling coastal communities using Big Green’s brutal “catch shares” rationing program, and for tolerating fisherman fines enforced by corrupt federal cops. Before NOAA, the Packard Foundation gave Lubchenco’s Aldo Leopold Leadership Program $2.1 million to enable scientists to lead politicians and the public with scientific-technical control of public policy.  Nils Stolpe, veteran executive, consultant, and advocate for the commercial fishing community, sorted those numbers from Internal Revenue Service Form 990 reports and posted the result on his FishNet USA website. The Washington Examiner used Stolpe’s findings to construct the diagram. [email protected]   07:02
The Big Green Money Machine – how anti-fishing activists are taking over NOAA click here

She’s back. Oregon to help World Bank fix nation’s ocean issues

environmental-watchdog[1]A World Bank panel is calling for public-private partnerships to improve the health of the world’s oceans. In a report released Wednesday, the panel convened by the World Bank’s Global Partnership for Oceans — an alliance of more than 140 governments, social groups, industry and other interests — encouraged greater cohesion between ocean users and a focus on holistic policy goals. [email protected] 16:55

Gov. gets deaf ear from White House on fisheries as Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor to President Obama Dummies Up!

gdt iconValerie Jarrett, a senior advisor to President Obama, has declined to explain why the White House turned a deaf ear to the pleas of Gov. Deval Patrick for relief from what Patrick told her were “impending drastic cuts” in landings allowed the groundfishing fleet concentrated in his state. continued

Editorial: Executive order is best route to halt fishing atrocity

NOAA Northeast Regional Administrator John Bullard may be right; the Obama White House may well have “other priorities” than to worry about the plight of fishermen — especially when 400,000 or so military personnel might be displaced due to spending cuts forced by a second round of our resurrected fiscal cliff. In fact, the White House, its Department of Commerce, and its rogue National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration under Jane Lubchenco have shown consistently that they don’t give a hoot about this historic industry of mostly small, independent businesses now on the verge of going the way of so many family farms over the last three decades. Read more

Editorial: Any fishery aid should come from NOAA, Commerce – mad science and built-to-fail catch share management policies

Lumping in fishermen’s economic disaster aid with money going to recovery from a true natural disaster would miscast the fishery disaster as some sort of natural catastrophe as well, and it’s not. The New England and Northeast fishery disaster is a man-made, intentional economic collapse that was not just caused, but truly engineered by NOAA and administrator Jane Lubchenco, who, still propped up by the White House, have driven Gloucester’s, New England’s and America’s own fishermen right out of their jobs and their way of life while the president himself hypocritically proclaims he wants “jobs, jobs, jobs” for American working families.http://www.gloucestertimes.com/opinion/x2120610726/Editorial-Any-fishery-aid-should-come-from-NOAA-Commerce

Time to change NOAA to EDF because they sound like EDF- Lube Job Jane and the Parrot Brigade You can’t sell that in New England, Jane its bull bleep

According to a 16-page NOAA report, 138 quota holders ,,,,,,,,fishermen compete for the total allowable catch, which often turns into a fishing derby as vessels rush to haul in as much as they can before the overall limit is reached.,,,,,,,,,,creates a situation with “too many vessels going after too few fish.” Fishing derbies, they note,,,,,,“Catch shares allow fishermen to plan their businesses better, and be more selective about when and how they catch their ,,,,,Shares are typically allocated based on historical participation levels ,,,,,,yadda, yadda, yadda, you know the drill. http://www.fishermensnews.com/story/2012/11/01/features/noaa-officials-say-trawlers-adjusting-nicely-to-catch-shares-system/129.html

Editorial: Feds cannot allow altering of NOAA abuse report Gloucester Daily Times – Another Shameful Obama Administration Blunder

After sitting more than six months on a second, in-depth probe report from special investigator Robert B. Swartwood III, the word that Acting Commerce Secretary Roberta Blank has asked her staff “to gather more information regarding issues” spotlighted in Swartwood’s report on 66 cases of alleged abuse by NOAA enforcement personnel against the commercial fishing industry at least shows some long-overdue movement. Yet, it’s also troubling to learn that Blank expects to “use that information to finalize her decision memorandum,” as Blank’s press secretary, Marni Goldberg, reported in an email to the Times last week.  While Blank may indeed be “completing her analysis” of the second Swartwood report,,,,,,,Read More

http://www.gloucestertimes.com/opinion/x964644087/Editorial-Feds-cannot-allow-altering-of-NOAA-abuse-report

Editorial: Ex-AG’s ‘probe’ of fishing fund hardly independent – Gloucester Daily Times

The Gloucester Fishing Community Preservation Fund’s naming of former state Attorney General Scott Harshbarger to carry out an investigation into its own “governance, policies and operations” might seem like a good move — one that could clear up the clouds raised last winter by fishermen who voiced conflict-of-interest and concerns to Gloucester’s two state lawmakers.

Harshbarger, after all, has extensive experience both as attorney general and private attorney dealing with regulatory and fiscal issues involving nonprofit organizations. And that fits the fishing preservation fund, which largely serves as a commercial fishing permit bank handling the $12 million in mitigation money granted to fishermen as compensation for having a liquified natural gas terminal plunked down in the middle of some of the regional’s most lucrative fishings grounds five years ago.

But it doesn’t take much looking beneath the surface to find all sorts of red flags and questions marks regarding a purported “investigation” that is not at all as it seems.

http://www.gloucestertimes.com/opinion/x964640717/Editorial-Ex-AGs-probe-of-fishing-fund-hardly-independent

And then they came for the lobstermen…

Twenty years from now, after we teach our grandkids about the once great (and long gone) Northeast groundfish fisheries, will the next thing we say be something like “And then they came for the lobstermen”?

Marshfield, Ma

Will the lobster boat be going the way of the dinosaur soon?

According to the “NOAA Fisheries Implementation Plan of the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries” 2012 document, the New England Lobster Fishery could be next in line for permit buybacks. The lobstermen may be next to be sacrificed for the greater global good of NOAA’s job destroying policies, which come directly from the UN, the UN’s FAO, and the NGO’s (Non Gov’t Organizations) that control the UN.