Industry leaders are furious that this productive program has been hi jacked by NMFS, while the sallop set aside fund money will now be detoured to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and will now be conducting the survey utilizing the “Habcam”.
Ma State Rep. William Straus, D-Mattapoisett said.”Cutting SMAST out is a problem,”.
“SMAST is one of the few outside parties doing review that will keep the feds honest, so to speak,” he said.
No doubt the state rep has been watching the downward credibility spiral of NOAA/NMFS, and keeping them honest is not something that seems to be possible.
When Jane Lubchenco was appointed as the head of NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) in 2009, I believe that it enabled an important part of a decades long plan to transform America into just another member of the global community, from the inside. This has enabled these “Fabian Socialists” to accelerate the process of destroying the commercial fishing industry in the USA, to further their long-term vision of sustainable international fisheries.
Dr. Lubchenco has demonstrated a total disinterest in the economic crisis that she has created in places like Gloucester Mass, and all along the coasts of New England and across this great country. She has gone to great lengths to completely avoid addressing the issues that are important to our fishermen.
In 2011, she declined to testify at a U.S. Senate subcommittee invitation in Boston called “How is NOAA managing funds to protect the domestic fishing industry”. Makes sense if you look at the facts (as we have), and find that she isn’t interested in protecting the domestic fishing industry at all. Dr. Lubchenco has always been looking at a bigger picture.
I’d like to highlight some recent comments that she made at a RFMO (Regional Fisheries Management Organizations) conference in Belgium on June 1st, 2012. This doesn’t happen often, as she tends to avoid the spotlight, but on this day it seems that her mask slipped. She made numerous comments that represent (what I believe to be) her true motivation for the decisions that she makes at NOAA.
Small boat fisherman and advocate for the fishing industry, Tina Jackson President of American Alliance of Fishermen and their Communities, is running for election in Rhode Island as the District 36 State Representative seat.
She’ a tough, honest, strong willed woman that has been a staunch advocate for fishermen everywhere.
From her web site:
Presently, I am a small boat fisherman and advocate for the fishing industry. My experience on fishing boats during the past several years has introduced me to the over-regulation of the industry at both the state and federal level. To address these issues, I co-founded the American Alliance of Fishermen and their Communities (AAFC), which includes members from Maine to New Jersey. In this capacity, I research issues affecting the industry in great detail and testified before both Congress and the R.I. General Assembly. My principal goal is to maintain and strengthen the independent small business structure of the R.I. fishing fleet. Many people may not realize the ripple effects, including the devastating job/revenue loss, caused by faulty science and government regulations on the vibrancy of our fishing communities. I have fought hard to keep these jobs in the Ocean State.
The issues facing the fishing industry are no different from the various challenges facing Rhode Island small businesses and individuals. To that end, I look forward to introducing myself to the voters of Block Island, Charlestown, South Kingstown, and Westerly. I want to hear from you about your concerns for our district and the Ocean State. I am eager to meet you and ask for your support in my effort to bring common sense, a fresh face and a new perspective to our General Assembly