Letter: Fishery ‘disaster’ rooted in basic greed Gloucester Daily Times

To the editor:   All that’s happening in the world of fisheries politics can be traced back to one thing: the epic failure on the part of managers and fishery leaders. This is not a resource disaster. This mess was created by fishery management gone awry — brought on by greed-driven Eco frauds and their strictly for-profit attorneys. None of this would have developed without the cash handouts to a handful of questionable fishermen down on Cape Cod. Then, after that first resource grab was seen to be successful, the dollars signs glazed over other greed-driven industry participants.

The whole failure of the cash share scheme was total disregard for the resource. It’s hard to believe that groups like the Environmental Defense Fund, in its blind quest for corporate donor cash and control of the ocean, gave barely more than lip service for the fish, and nothing at all for the families that fish. And the industry thugs who supported catch shares had nothing to say about the in restricted access that catch shares allow.

Look at all the lead players who championed this catch-share scam — so many having taken the money and run, knowing full well how fast this house of cards would collapse, and that’s especially the big names from the Cape. Former Council head and Cape Cod hookers’ CEO Papalardo and others all grabbe the money under the pretense of being fishermen, but did little or no fishing then — and do practically none at all now. They’re just rolling in the green leasing quota created by the latest green scam known as cash shares. What a joke!

So now the guys who took the money got exactly what they asked for — and not opposing cash shares is a coward’s way of silently supporting them. One can only wonder how much cash it will take to satisfy the need for greed from the so-called fishery “leaders,” throwing their fellow fishermen under the bus. Now, they’re part of a commercial with Scott Brown asking for more because of the faure of a plan that they embraced.

The solution is simple: Go back to days at sea . Eliminate the agency and the management process that brought use here.

That will save millions of dollars, millions of fish — and countless working families who can no longer depend on work simply because they are prohibited by federal regulations from supporting their families the way they know best.



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