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BLUE STATE OF MIND #1 – Listen up…

In 2007, Shannyn Moore — the brilliant mind, clear voice of experience in Alaska fisheries, and nationwide known talk show host — fulfilled her wish to do a FISHERIES Talk Radio show on station in Anchorage, Alaska.  She had become aware of the public advocacy, and anti-corruption, efforts of the Groundswell Fisheries Movement and offered Stephen Taufen, a chance to go live radio. Stephen is a former high level corporate accountant, heroic whistle blower and founder of the Groundswell Fisheries Movement. Listen to the audio here  Visit Moore Up North with four more interviews 11:32

From the Fleet – Setting the Record Straight on Bering Sea Halibut Bycatch, Ludger Dochtermann, Kodiak

We, as Alaska Longline Fishers, are joined by Washington State halibut fishermen who also fish Alaskan waters. In 2012, statewide, 2,009 residents and 565 non-Alaskans held halibut quotas for Alaska waters; and 1,168 crew, as well. Thousands more are deckhands. Many longliners fish the Area 4 districts, waters of the Bering Sea, where the trawl bycatch problem is at its worst. In 2012, 308 Alaskans held 14.8 million pounds, and 186 non-Alaskans held 18.2 million; on average, the non-Alaskan holdings averaged twice what Alaskans held per person. Co-written by Stephen Taufen, Groundswell Fisheries Movement Read he rest here  11:46

Public Comment of Stephen Taufen, founder of Groundswell Fisheries Movement – Re: C-5 Bering Sea Halibut PSC

alaska-halibut__frontMadame Secretary, Chairman Dan Hull & NPFMC members: Groundswell is a public fisheries advocacy movement that has testified before the NPFMC for the past two decades, and I am Stephen Taufen, founder.  Formerly employed in the Alaskan seafood processing sector, and managed operations for pollock weight grading and related background.  This public comment concerns the previously incontrollable excessive bycatch to which the Council now attends.  Groundswell favors:, Read the rest here 13:34

A few Alaska Political Items – Stephen Taufen, Groundswell Fisheries Movement

Governor Walker has put SAM COTTON in place as the current acting commissioner – so Cora Campbell is out.  We’re more than pleased with Sam.  He has always shown great respect for Alaska and its fishermen and coastal communities. We hope that Gov. Walker gave Cotten marching orders to begin with next week’s NPFMC meeting to get the entire group of Alaska appointees “on the team” to ensure small boat local fisheries,,Read the rest here 21:07

Taufen: Volksverdummung’s Alive and Well in Fisheries

The Germans call the stupefaction, misleading or brainwashing of the people ‘Volksverdummung’— which seems to be well-established in the seafood industry these days. It’s been largely ushered down the regulation-making aisles by a few greedy corporations and fishermen who feel entitled, and financially assisted by major conservation (allegedly) NGOs.

Especially in the Alaska zone, the Paradox of Plenty — the reflection of a Resource Curse, lives well, and profitably so for a few winners —and those winners continues to destroy thousands of jobs for captains and fishing crews. Certainly a few Congressmen settle for nickels in campaign contributions to ignore the rights of a majority of the People.

Especially when it comes to fisheries “Catch Shares” mentality (CS), the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the Alaska-focused North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) — despite access to information on global failures of privatizations of public resources — continues to betray a baffling ignorance of the subject matter under discussion.

Before I get into the dispossession of fisher family opportunities, incomes, wealth and rights caused by “Enclosure of the Commons” — privatization schemes such as catch shares — or into the abrogation of the promise that no American fisherman would be charged for the privilege rights to fish, and the postured shallowness of CS proponents who exploit fear and use disaster economic lies to exploit resources, why don’t we set up some thinking ground?!  Read more here 10:43

Groundswell sweeps in for Hired Captains and Crew: to Secretary Pritzker, Chairman Olson, and Council Members

 Re BYCATCH 14-004 — C-2: GOA Trawl Bycatch Discussion Paper, EDRs I’m Stephen Taufen, founder of the Groundswell Fisheries Movement, public advocates since the early 1990’s for what is best for the economy and social goals of the United States. We believe that any Alternative to the Groundfish fishery management plan (FMP), even as particular as for Trawl fleets fishing pollock and cod, must enforce and contain the following elements:  Read more here  06:35

Stephen Taufen sent me a can of Fields Wild Salmon, Premium Red! I feel ALIVE!

I opened the can, drained it, and started to eat it with a fork. I felt life taking over my body with every bite! I MUST have more! Thank you, Stephen, for the jump start, and the Crewmens Association hat! Fish Killed – Boats Filled! BH

A follow up to yesterday’s Somethin’ ain’t adding up here – NSEDC fisheries dispute with long-time critic gets nasty

Fisherynation Featured writer and Groundswell Fisheries Movement’s Stephen Taufen sent me an email last night with an article attached that he wrote that ran in Alaska Report that should be read when looking at the history of Alaskan CDQs and of course, the history of Tim Smith and Norton Sound Economic Development Corp (NSEDC). An article linked here from Alaska Journal NSEDC fisheries dispute with long-time critic gets nasty”  was short on detail’s of the beginning of a very long running tussle that has turned into accusations Tim Smith being a stalker, while in reality, he seeks open process.  12:11

But Taufen’s 2009 article opens up much more than the feud, it brings back the issues of the Community Development Quota (CDQ)  and raises the question, should this issue be addressed in the Reauthorization of MSA?

Alaska fishery CDQ group suffers as tightly-closed fraternity: Dear Ted Stevens, How much does a seat on a CDQ group’s Board cost today?

Stephen Taufen – To: Kodiak City/Borough Joint Fishery Working Group

Stephen Taufen – August 19, 2013  KFWG – 3 minutes.

  1. Regarding Americans for Equal Access – it is “important to make every fish count,” but the way to do that is from full-time Observer Coverage on all Trawlers, year round, in the Central GOA.  Calling excessive Bycatch Shares a “hard cap” is just a cute way of saying “give us all the known damage we’ve done to fisheries to date (in the race for quota), and never take it away from us.” more here   21:13

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Fisherynation Featured Writer Stephen Taufen: Central Gulf of Alaska Groundfish Catch Share Schemes Continue at Kodiak Fisheries Work Group and Fisheries Advisory Committee

0001Kodiak, Alaska – July 2013 by Stephen Taufen, Groundswell Fisheries Movement – In Alaska, the decades long species-by-species march toward ‘giveaway’ privatization of the public commons continues to progress.  At Groundswell, we’re trying to stop that public larceny and keep fisheries open to market forces: not operating under restraints of trade, where price-fixing and job losses materialize.

The following article covered one local meeting on the efforts of the central Gulf of Alaska groundfish trawl industry to get another ‘catch share’ program in place for federal waters. The power of fish politics and corporate money —especially of foreign-owned processing subsidiaries— seeks more tradable, salable quotas. continued here

FW: Small Boats can (and might well be) favored in Fishing – from Stephen Taufen

This hits on oft-repeated Groundswell messages:  1) No one owns the fish of the sea; 2) subsidies lead to industrialization, overfishing; 3) small boats create more jobs; and … you can read the rest…  Somebody please tell our US Senators to stop the catch share industrial model and get back to enlivening coastal, fishery-dependent communities!!!  Keep your eye on what EU does… just like Iceland (now clawing back their once-distributed quotas).

Fishing quotas can be redistributed to favour smaller vessels – high court 

Privatized fisheries are poor public policy – Stephen Taufen

What a week. Apple Inc. was further exposed by the U.S. Senate for its global tax avoidance “economic chutzpah.” Tens of billions go untaxed within any world jurisdiction. Its defenders say it is all legal and claim it would be corporate malpractice not to fleece the world and keep more than $100 billion in “ocean income” away from the United States.

One can’t help but think of how Dutch Harbor and Kodiak fish plant artificialities are largely economic branches of Japan’s multinational corporations, and how they think globally too. continued