Daily Archives: November 19, 2012

Secretary of Defense/former CIA Director backed MLPA Initiative-Leon Panetta: from marine ‘protector’ to whale killer-Dan Bacher

Leon Panetta: from marine ‘protector’ to whale killer

California’s privately-funded Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative, a process criticized by fishermen, grassroots conservationists, environmental justice advocates and supporters of democracy and transparency in government, has “friends in high places.” http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/11/18/1162930/-Secretary-of-Defense-former-CIA-Director-backed-MLPA-Initiative

Oregon Man Sentenced For Commercial Fishing Crimes – SitNews

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Cooper, the evidence established that Freddie Joe Hankins, 47, of Cove, Oregon, had caught the halibut in an area where it was illegal for him to fish under the Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) system, and that he falsely stated in his landing reports that he caught the fish in another more distant but legal area http://www.sitnews.us/1112News/111612/111612_fishing_crimes.html

Dead fish symptom of ailing bayous Low oxygen in Dickinson Bayou

SAN LEON – Powering his small boat across Dickinson Bay, Steve Hoyland Sr. worries about fish kills near the mouth of Dickinson Bayou every summer for the last six years. “I’ve lived here my whole life, but in the last two years you can’t catch (anything),” said Hoyland, 61, part owner of the monthly San Leon Seabreeze News. http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Dead-fish-symptom-of-ailing-bayous-4048735.php

Commission considers ban on octopus harvest Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is exploring options for banning the harvest of giant Pacific octopuses off a Seattle’s beach and possibly elsewhere in Puget Sound.


NOAA cop video draws fire in D.C.

NOAA has released a video and an essay on the Office of Law Enforcement website touting its value to the nation and the fishing industry by ensuring “a level playing field” — even as the agency continued to suppress a        $500,000 addendum to a special judicial master’s report on abuses of the badge carried out against commercial fishermen in Gloucester and across the Northeast.


This is the feel good video. http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/stories/2012/11/11_16_2012enforcement_video.html


An up to date website! What are these people getting paid? http://www.noaa.gov/lawenforcementupdates/

Important From Alaska-NMFS Observer Program

Hi All: Attached you should find an urgent letter from 14 organizations asking for relief from the soon to be released NMFS observer program.  Our sense of urgency arises from the fact that NMFS is scheduled to publish a FINAL rule in early December and implement the observer program early in January 2013.  The plan as currently written is totally unacceptable and will do tremendous harm to small business, with no net benefit to the resource. We ask for your help to remedy this situation STAT! ATA represents hook and line salmon fishermen, many of whom also rely heavily on longline fisheries subject to this observer program. This historic pattern of diversification has played an essential role in the viability of small boat trollers and longliners in Southeast Alaska. Read More in Comment Section  https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=gmail&attid=0.1&thid=13b17393f9b7be51&mt=application/pdf&url=https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ui%3D2%26ik%3D6627f04c18%26view%3Datt%26th%3D13b17393f9b7be51%26attid%3D0.1%26disp%3Dsafe%26zw&sig=AHIEtbT8Hx6vGIZxWSEoGmq9yEh2TdD_qw