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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Show them You Care: Contact the SAFMC & send EDF a message!

I DO NOT Support Catch Shares

I live in the Florida and care deeply about the health of our fisheries, local sustainable seafood, and coastal communities.

I support the Council's progress toward better fisheries management through real science, more independent fishery research, and the advice from knowledgeable, experienced, and historical fishermen. I DO NOT support catch shares for the
snapper, grouper and golden crab commercial fisheries (amendments 21 and 5). Email comments to: or on Golden Crab to:

Catch shares will not end overfishing and rebuild fisheries, WILL NOT stabilizing good jobs, WILL NOT improving local seafood availability and WILL NOT contribute to our local economy.
Catch shares will destroy the fishing fleets and fishing communities. The Council should not approve any catch share plan.

Better management of recreational fishing should also become a Council priority. The use of REAL, UNBIASED SCIENCE, plus improved up to date DATA COLLECTION, and independent fishery research will help to improve recreational fisheries. Using numbers of fish rather than pounds, will help to extend recreational fishing seasons and provide easier methods to collect data.
Use flexibility in your management requirements for all fishing sectors to improve fishing opportunities for all anglers.

Dark Ops Man
rd Street Tunnel
Your Worst Nightmare Lane
Florida, FL 34285-7131

Copy and paste the above message and email it to your choice of the council Admen 21 or 5



DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE: King & Spanish Mackerel Closings

Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; King and Spanish Mackerel Coastal Migratory Pelagic Fishery Off the Southern Atlantic States; Control Date: IN ESSENCES, we might but maybe not, but could, still thinking, if we can get away with it, but until then, there may or may not be any further fishing allowed for this type of fish, either new or old depending if when knew what we were doing act but we will let you know when we know clause!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Smoke & Mirrors; Krupp's EDF Dupes America!

My question to all this film-flam is what specific law does NOAA believe gives it the statutory authority to promulgate its National Catch Share policy? How can you rebuild something that may not need rebuilding, The EDF under the President of the Environmental Defense Fund, Fred Krupp is building nothing but a Ponzi Scheme in trying to lure more money into an already money making project that he has not controlled in the past but wishes to in the future by pitching statements like” 70% of the world’s fisheries are crashed or unsustainable. Many have just 1% of the fish that used to inhabit them. Krupp talks about the tragedy of the “commons”, the things, like oceans, we don’t own, but we all share but share is exactly what he wants to do; crop share them out and the EDF makes a bundle. Where did he come up with the number 70%? Like pulling the reverberant rabbit out of a hat, as no new data on fish stocks are available at this time but it sounds good when making a sham and one needs a mark. Under the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the EDF and NOAA have made Catch Shares mandatory, where as, the Magnuson-Stevens Act sets the framework for fisheries management in this country. Under the act, fisheries management councils are given the option to use a variety of measures to manage fish stocks, only one of which is catch shares. The act does not authorize the agency to promulgate a policy to encourage fishermen and councils to select catch shares over other management options. The act does not authorize the agency to spend taxpayer money to support the efforts of special interest groups seeking to petition the councils and the agency to establish more catch share programs but that is exactly what Mr. Krupp is building on; the worlds largest Ponzi Scheme where once EDF has raped humanity, it pulls out and away it goes, leaving a possible real problem, whereas there was none before. Talk about smoke and mirrors, the EDF is duping America! 

Furthermore, it appears that NOAA - through the Secretary of Commerce - and under the strings of the EDF, as Puppet Master, is selecting fishery management council members based on their allegiance to catch shares. Collectively, these actions leave the impression that NOAA is attempting to hijack the council process in order to impose its catch shares agenda.

As long as EDF and NOAA have all the apples in one basket, they should be able to answer a couple of quick questions, if not, it must be a shell game:
1. What specific law does NOAA believe gives it the statutory authority to promulgate its National Catch Share policy?

2. It seems as though a $1 million of the $2.2 million catch share grant program is being provided by NOAA. Exactly which account is that money coming from? The Asset Forfeiture Fund? Which specific law does NOAA believe gives it the statutory authority to spend money for this purpose and is it the official policy of the agency to spend millions to put people out of work? Since, it also seems EDF is in the shadows of all going on, you, too may answer.

3. Is it NOAA's policy to ignore the will of fishing communities - the vast majority of whom oppose catch shares - and to rig the council process to favor implementation of new catch shares programs?

In closing, to the extent that solid science demonstrates that reductions in catch in any given fishery are necessary, there are far better options than catch shares for achieving those reductions. The last thing the federal government should be doing in these economic times is spending millions of taxpayer dollars to expand a policy that will put even more Americans out of work.

I hope you will take these words to heart, and I look forward to your response and as stated earlier, if not with in a timely manner, it really must be a smoke and mirror game.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Who do you believe with the weather, much-less fish?

Remember when NOAA echoing the UN IPCC, claimed snow would retreat north with the storm tracks and major cities would get more rain and mild winters. The Union of Concerned Scientists said in 2004 scientists claim winters were becoming warmer and less snowy. In 2008, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. bemoaned that children would be robbed of the childhood joys of sledding and skiing in the DC area due to global warming. A year later, the area set a new seasonal snowfall record with 5 to 6 feet of snow and sleds and skis were the only way to get around. 
I do not know about NOAA but I think it is butt ass cold outside and I live in South Florida. The other day, we had ice on the truck?
They, cannot even get a forecast right and the government wants them to be in charge of our fisheries and anglers to which know more about fish from first hand experiences, rather than test tube fishes in a lab.
NOAA’s Administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenko, when she was president of AAAS in 1999, urged “Urgent and unprecedented environmental and social changes challenge scientists to define a new social contract … a commitment on the part of all scientists to devote their energies and talents to the most pressing problems of the day, in proportion to their importance, in exchange for public funding.”

Instead of focusing on where skeptics get their money, the congress should be focusing on whether they can trust the global warming scientists in data centers, labs and most universities who have benefited to the tune of over $73 billion in the last two decades.
Ronald Coase, 
Nobel Economic Sciences, said in 1991
“If we torture the data long enough, it will confess.”
So is 2010 the warmest year?, the 2000s the warmest decade? … Don’t bet on it! 

Mutiny on the bounty of Catch Shares; Aye Capt raise the bones!

WHERE I ASK? DO YOU SEE THE WORDS RECREATIONAL ANGLER? OR HOW IS THIS OUR SITE IN WORKING WITH NOAA? So how does catch shares and marine spatial planning help grandpa take little Johnny fishing?

Dr. Jane and her implemented falsies of the sky is falling in order to make a deadline set by Congress in 2006 is now the decapitator to a once thriving sport, we use to call fishing the administration's ocean policy could shut down sport-fishing all together with her comprehensive national policy advice from marine recreational stakeholders and recreational catch shares to marine spatial planning. A nationwide recreational fishing bans is under discussion and has been since before 2007, to be implemented this FY 2011! Of such planning, I believe the crew (recreational anglers), will up-rise in a mutiny on the bounty of NOAA's Catch Share ideas as a new election year approaches in 2012!

To those whom have fallen into the trap, like crabs in a pod, the idea of doing less with safety in mind, while making more is nothing but a governmental Ponzi Scheme, to which many an angler has and are about to be duped! Recreational fishing is a powerful word. Indeed, the word "recreational" may be a deceptive title for an industry that supports more than half a million jobs nationwide and is the major economic driver for many coastal communities and NOAA would like a slice of this pie, too, as Government agencies are having funds slashed right and left, NOAA wants to be King of the Hill. The fishing industry has, in the past, been overlooked as an economic powerhouse. NOAA sees green. An excise tax, in Florida, on items like fishing tackle, fuel taxes for motorboats and import duties on equipment, constitute around $600 million a year for various conservation efforts, according to the American Sportfishing Association. That ain't hay and that is why NOAA is so interested in angling for your dollars, not fish nor your want; just the good ole American Greed!

NOAA knows; NOAA has to pursue new limits on recreational fishing, especially for particularly fragile fish stocks, according to them. In some cases, that might mean shutting down a healthy fishery to preserve a struggling species that lives in the same area, like Grouper here in Florida. Save the poor fish and kill the sportfishing industry but wait, according to independent studies, there is nothing wrong with the grouper so why close it down? Simple economics, take away a commodity and its worth increases. Then when it gets high enough sell. NOAA is not protecting our fisheries, they are playing a game. The stock market but not on Wall Street, in their sector separation game. You can get the game for free from the EDF site, for those of you who do not fish but want to become fish Moguls and rule the high seas.

Eric Schwaab, the head of the National Marine Fisheries Service and Russell Dunn, NOAA's new national policy adviser for recreational fisheries agree that a major challenge NOAA faces with recreational fisheries is a lack of good data -- something they are hoping to improve in the coming years, but until then, perhaps we will just make it up as we go along or succumb to old and flawed data; to which they have done in closing down sports-fishing in Florida! You picked a couple of real winners here Jane!

In Dunn's own words:”"Even when the resources are fully rebuilt, for example with striped bass, when that resource was rebuilt we were not able to restore all the historical uses to all the traditional user groups at the same levels," Dunn said. "So there will have to be some acknowledgment that in some fisheries we may not be able to go back to what happened 10 to 15 years ago, even when it is fully rebuilt”, you won't have to worry bout that, the recreational sector will either all be dead and gone or NOAA's law enforcement will be so busy chasing bandits, it won't be worth it anyway.

Lubchenco issued a statement in September 2010, declaring that NOAA would "improve engagement" with the saltwater fishing community. In October, she went to the American Sportfishing Association conference in California and she wowed members with a promise to support recreational fishing and work to raise its profile for her agency. Now in 2011, she has but desiccated industries both commercial to recreational in her promises. Her henchmen on carouse councils still are tightening the strain on us angler but remember Dr. Jane next year is a big year 2012 and there are 15 or 16 million recreational fishermen in the United States to which cast votes. I'm betting, if it continues this way much longer, it will be either a mutiny on your hands or blood on the decks of NOAA's bounty of catch shares but either way, you will about face very quickly or be replaced, along with a whole net cabinet. Aye Aye Captain, host away. 

We must be right Oh Crew:

New Bedford City Council calls for U.S. Commerce Secretary Locke to step down


Timeline: New Bedford goes on the offensive in fishing war


After the Coke party, I made my way to a dinner hosted by Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund, Rev. Sally Grover Bingham, Kathryn Murdoch, and Doug Shorenstein that focused on innovative ways to protect our oceans against overfishing. During the meal, David Gergen and I moderated a discussion that touched on many concepts I knew little about, including "catch shares" (which work by allotting a percentage of a catch to fishermen, while meeting conservation goals). It's a very "beyond left and right solution" to the problem that has garnered investments from the Carlyle Group and support from the Murdoch family. Worth noting: fish was served at dinner. “ 


Jim Sutton: Catch Shares will destroy small fishermen and their families

And if that is not enough maties'

Hoping for an end to derby-style fishing


Catch-share idea a disaster for fishing families, the oceans.(Local Opinion): An article from: The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR) 



Thursday, January 27, 2011

Possible Unethical Infringements of Lubchenco

I believe it’s time for an investigative authority to step in and look into this matter to see if EDF Jane’s tremendous push to force catch shares on the American fishermen, in light of her past position at EDF and her current position at NOAA, is either illegal or highly unethical.

As far as ethics are concerned, I plan to file a Federal Ethics Charge against Dr. Jane Lubchenco, as I have done so already on Dr. Bartone, of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, a EDF member also. Between the Nature Conservancy and the Wildlife Conservation Society, EDF, National Science Foundation, Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Glenmede Trust, Sea Change Management Investment Company, Innovative Funding For Sustainable Fisheries” (IFSF) and Jane's own Nature Conservancy, a NOAA co-sponsored program all competing in Diving for Dollars in Catch Shares which have nothing to do with "Saving Fish" but actually on how to get more bang for your buck in the by-catch market; I smell a red herring!

Even the latest member, with the highest credentials, Dr. Mark Butler, a marine biologist at Old Dominion University, was appointed to a scientific panel charged by the United Nations to produce a policy brief on how to improve coastal marine management worldwide. He has also been an adviser to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, NOAA National Marine Fishery Service, Nature Conservancy and the Wildlife Conservation Society. Dr. Butlers specialty is marine diseases and the roles that species behavior, habitats and long-distance oceanographic transport of larvae play in disease dynamics. What in the hell has that to do with Catch Shares? Nothing but it sounds good and good enough to spend someone money, as he is currently co-principal investigator on a $2.25 million grant from the NSF to study the effects of over-fishing and climate change on disease dynamics in blue crabs in Virginia.

It takes money, to make money and they are spending money like they were printing it themselves.
Since her appointment EDF Jane has been seeding NOAA with environmental people. She is forcing EDF’s manifesto on domestic fishermen, fishermen that have loudly voiced their disapproval of the catch shares system only to have it fall on deaf ears at NOAA. She sold the American blue fin tuna fishermen out at ICCAT in Paris and she just may be setting the ground work to create a total catch and release fishery for the recreational fleet. EDF Jane must be removed from her position at NOAA before our entire fishery management process is controlled by the Environmental Defense Fund, and their PEW funded crony organizations.

We all should be looking at the big picture and asking for the repeal of the ratification of the LOST, Land & Sea Treaty, with the United Nations, by President Obama! With the signing of this document, the USA is now under rule to the UN, we are paying more back to the UN and under UN rule, our Constitution is but a piece of history. You have heard those speak of abolishing this document because of its age but the real reason is it blocks sanctions to which the UN would impose and are, as we speak through "The Marine Spacial Plan." There too are sections about abolishing all individual gun ownership but to start, your fishing rights are being taken away first.

"So often time it happens, we all live our life in chains, and we never even know we have the key."

Monday, January 24, 2011

The Voice of America

Scrap the Catch Shares Program, get rid of the "Witch Hunt" in the fisheries industry and do it with real, up to date data and rationalistic regulations. I have been supportive of giving this new group every chance and benefit of the doubt, but this behavior smacks of back room politics without public input or regular protocol and process. Not the way things should proceed.
If we do not stand up as a group "Recreational Fishermen, Charter Boat Captains, and Commercial Fishermen" it going to be to late for us all...

Between today and Wednesday, all over the country, the NOAA Cronies are setting up rulings that will effect you future on catching fish; if you'll even be able to fish at all. Also, under the interim rule of LOST, once the Fisheries Councils are done with all saltwater fish, they then turn to the fish with in all tributaries that lead into the Gulf or an oceans. They have sights first on Black Bass (Largemouth) but first we must stop them here, in our waters of the Gulf of Mexico. If we can stop this witch hunt now, it may not escalate inland. This is a FISH WAR folks and there are but only two sides; the Fisherman or the Council.
The fish the Councils are targeting:
  1. Generic Fishes” (EVER SEE ONE?)
  2. Management Measures for Dolphin
  4. Wahoo
  5. Recreational SEA BASS CLOSURE
  6. ACL snapper grouper management complex
    plus dolphin, Wahoo, and golden crab.
  7. Commercial trip limit options for greater amberjack, vermilion snapper, black sea bass,
    and gag grouper.
  8. Implementation of a catch share program for the commercial golden crab fishery
  9. Specify Allocations for the Wreckfish Fishery
  10. Specify Sector Allocations for Black Grouper
  11. Initial Allocation of Endorsements for Particular Species and Species Groupings
  12. Commercial trip limit options for
    greater amberjack, vermilion snapper, black sea bass, and gag grouper.
Joining with either the FRA or the RFA is a step in helping not only saving our fish but too, the anglers to which fish in all; Charter Captains, Commercial Captains and the Recreational fisherman's right and privilege to fish, as stated in our Constitution. You to, today, can make a statement to President Obama, which may be addressed after his State of the Union tomorrow, if you hurry and together we too can be a voice of America!

What can you do?

 It is time to stop the theft of our fisheries.

Write a letter to your legislators in your own words. This may be a bit intimidating, but it is so important to individually express ideas and concerns. You can also make phone calls to your legislators.  Personal contact is the most effective means of communicating with your elected officials. Get contact information for your congressional representatives, governor and state legislators here.
If you have three or four friends who are willing to sign your letter, it will carry more weight.  Print it, sign  it and mail it to each legislator. Calling the legislators after sending the letter will add weight to your opinion.
If you have any questions about communications, please email us at

Here are some points to make. Feel free to us a few of these ideas:

Sector separation will cost jobs and economic activity while doing nothing for the health of the fish stocks.

Catch shares have been overwhelmingly rejected for use in the recreational fishery by both the anglers and the managers. Redirect funding from catch shares to recreational data collection.

Federal tax dollars were used to pay an advocacy group to develop a workshop on the very issue that the advocacy group is pushing, all under the guise of transparent and unbiased content development. If this workshop was truly objective and unbiased, shouldn’t Gulf Council staff, and they alone, have dictated the agenda? Shouldn’t the agenda have, at a minimum, contained presenters to show viewpoints opposing sector separation? Why was every presenter/invitee a supporter of sector separation?

Constitutional rights are being infringed upon with the prohibition of recording of a public meeting. Gulf Council Executive Director Dr. Steve Bortone attempted to prohibit a member of the media from recording the meeting in any way. This workshop was noticed as an open public meeting and no such restrictions were provided in the notice. The First Amendment guarantees the freedom of the press to record such a meeting. Even after several council members questioned the practical need to prohibit the recording, staff, along with help from an outside environmental group persisted in their attempt to prohibit the recording, but could point to no legal justification for such prohibition. Surprisingly, staff showed absolutely no deference to council. Staff’s conduct appeared to be solely dictated by an outside environmental group. Why did this occur? And shouldn’t the council be concerned about this?

Maguson-Stevens is being violated in several ways. A congressional investigation of the entire National Marine Fisheries Service is needed. The record is clear that NMFS uses Magnuson to justify and require those actions they want to take, yet they completely ignore the express requirements of Magnuson when they want to. They have blown numerous deadlines imposed by Magnuson on many needed issues, yet are always quick to jump the gun in imposing closures by citing requirements of Magnuson.

Why is a federal employee allowed to deny us our constitutional rights? Why did the same employee ask permission of the advocacy group to release public records to the public? Why did the same employee conceal the charitable/advocacy group as the organizer/developer of the workshop? Why did that same staff member specifically start out the meeting saying that “if one’s mind is made up on sector separation, then this workshop isn’t for you”, only to see that every invited participant had already made up their mind to support sector separation?

The users of the resource are uniformly clamoring that we need better data and science, yet the disdain shown by staff to this concern was palpable throughout the room as the anglers were basically told to get over it and they don’t want to hear about the data any more.

In order to stop this pattern of mismanagement, Dr. Lubchenco should be removed from her position as director of NOAA. It is clear that her involvement with EDF has lead to NOAA’s march to catch shares and the trampling of the recreational angler and commercial fisherman’s constitutional rights.

What will be the direction now? No compelling arguments were presented in support of Sector Separation. Sector separation, if implemented, still requires significant process to follow through and the specific details will be hotly debated. Where is the money and other resources for this going to come from?  What is the justification for spending time and money on this proposal? Would this proposal be on the table if the $52 million for catch shares was not available?


Sunday, January 23, 2011


Here is a link to the white house web that will give you an opportunity to submit a question for Pres Obama to be answered after his state of the union address. Everyone needs to submit a question about the loss of fishing jobs and why he continues to allow such. The link is here and it takes no more than 5 minutes to do. Send this to all fishermen you know who support elimination of catch shares, more flexibility in regulations, and support fishing jobs.

Thanks, Capt. Dave

Stinking Thoughts on Fish Mtg.

Stinking Thoughts on Fish Mtg.
The GMFMC &Council; South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Playing with Unknown Allotments and data from, well it was never brought up, conveniently or your stinking thoughts on fish management, coupled with your new tool of U.N. rule are once again playing with your future and your children children's future, too! Smells of another red herring in this room, PEW, do you smell it too?
So all you anglers out there, what do you all think of the new proposed rules set up to be deliberated on next year through NOAA, the EDF, the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council to our own FWC on changing the bag limits on Pompano and Permit to TWO fish and they purpose to push this through and extend into Federal waters so as Commercial anglers of the Guide type are also only allowed TWO per boat, regardless of how many have chartered your boat. Also one is allowed over the 20 inch limit but is counted in the two per person if onshore from the land or pier and two per boat. On the Commercial side, Permit and Pompano would be closed permanently with a 100 bycatch limit if you have the correct permits.
Their is no scientific reasoning or data to support this measure, with the exception of a recreational report that was 1/3 complete in 2008 and an ACL report from 2006 on commercial grouper, where out of 800 or so boats representing the Florida fleet, only half were surveyed and the rest they just threw in some approximate numbers but they have to start somewhere, so here is where it will be implemented, Florida. You have to remember, usually when a Federal entity makes a suggestion or regulation under the rouge of the Mag-Steven Act, the FWC follows along like a whimpering dog; all bark, no bite! “
On the spearing issue, none allowed unless it is over 20 inches at a two fish limit only and only in Federal waters. Same goes for African Pompano except it has to be the 24 inch nominal length requirement and no spear fishing for it period!
I do not understand the spear fishing thingy? What is a hook? It is a bent spear! So what is the problem here?”
Why cannot the best State in the Nation, if not the world, Florida, with the FWC, manage on its own fish? It has done a pretty good job thus far. It has a record to stand by. NOAA, the EDF and the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council have no such record so why are they key players? NOAA is about weather, is it not? Looks like they were loosing funding and had to go to bed with the fishes, in order to find more dollars.
Can you spell conservation; Politics, that is right and it has nothing to do with fish, conservation; just money. If NOAA did not come up with the right numbers and a solution to better conservation methods by the end of 2010, they lost their funding with in the fisheries departments and like all good Americans, they had been procrastinating, as we all do, and suddenly a deadline was fast approaching. To this, we fell back on an Act that was not meant to do what, they suggested be done with it. Kind of like putting a square into a round hole; it will fit, minus a couple of pieces, after it is hammered into the hole. They hammered it in and the funds continued because something was getting done; even if it was wrong and costing Americans there jobs!
Conservation is preservation of a species from trees to fleas and fish in-between. FWC, Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission with CONSERVATION being the key word. Conservation smells good, PEW is usually associated with the stench of something gone bad and bad is what is happening between catch shares, sector separation and stock assessments as to who what when and where for the almighty dollar.
Did you know at the last meeting with PEW and NOAA, the EDF, the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council and a slew of other alphabet’s that designating certain saltwater fish as GAME FISH was also discussed where once established it was catch and release for its lifetime! The other item which may come up, as it did recently, is the forming of rules pertaining to Florida's “Generic” fish, also. Ever caught one of those? For now the “Board” has not anything to really say on the subject but it was brought up on their agenda! On top of this, from the previous meeting, they explained catch shares with a slip, I believe because we know now what really is on their minds; money, not the savings of fish but the cling, cling of money in the coffers. Of course we know this but it was confirmed with as much said, paraphrased of course, you can listen to the tape, once all the catch shares are in place, 83% of all shares combined will share equally in the catch. Did you hear that? “Share equally,” sounds as like a Marxist Society to me and where does the other 17% go? Only commercial fisherman would be allowed to purchase these share to start the program but after 5 years, the catch shares program would go public and anyone could own a piece of the ocean and all the creatures in it; did someone say Tyson Foods & the Walton Family?

Now we are going backwards with the CLEAR ACT as the Consolidated Land, Energy, Aquatic Restoration Act (CLEAR Act) HR3534 looks very good when you first start reading it. It talks of stopping offshore oil drilling and a $2.00 a barrel fee for every barrel of oil produced in the USA to go to conservation. It turns our federal waters over to the United Nations to control. That means the 3-mile state waters, demarcation line on the Atlantic coast and the 9-mile state line on the gulf coast is all the water we will control as an America. This is because President Obama signed and ratified the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (also known as the Law of the Sea Treaty, or LOST). This gives the United Nations control and jurisdiction over the world's oceans, nearly three-quarters of the surface of our planet. The Law of the Sea Treaty now jeopardizes all Americans to the rules and jurisdiction of UN bodies and the incessant harassment of lawsuits by foreign nations and activist non-governmental organizations, such as those who are now controlling our fish. This Convention is widely recognized by the international community as the legal framework within, which all activities in the oceans and the seas must be carried out. The Convention now overrides domestic laws covering not only coastal waters and shorelines, but also human activities in rivers and inland waterways, and land-based activities that may be claimed — no matter how far-fetched — to be harming the marine environment. We can see this as of two days ago in Washington State, farmers, under the LOST convention must give up 500 feet of all their lands on either side of any rivers or streams to which may run into the sea, to non-farming measures, as manure to pesticides or fertilizers may come in contact with and are now prohibited. This 500 foot rule is for all people, anywhere in the United States. The Farmers Association of Washington & Texas have filed Federal suit and the farmers, in the mean time, like the anglers up and down the coastlines of America, are going out of business. Moreover, LOST may confer upon the UN, for the first time, the ability to tax Americans directly, without congressional approval. Never heard that before did you?

"LOST's scope is vast: it covers all ocean space, with all its uses, including navigation and overflight; all uses of its resources, living and non-living, on the high seas, on the ocean floor and beneath, on the continental shelf and in the territorial seas.... The Convention is widely recognized by the international community as the legal framework within which all activities in the oceans and the seas must be carried out." If you read the quote carefully, you'll see that the UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea which administers LOST would have authority over everything, everything, over, on, and under the oceans and seas of the world. Ratification of LOST is the first step toward world government.

Then we have sector separation and catch shares and the implementation of again what we can catch bases in assessments and allocations based by number crunching and models from years gone by but not from today. IFQ's backed by the PEW Foundation in its statement to one of the Gulf Council boards that our fish are overly and heavily over-fished according to the latest models. What have they to do with fishing?

Also the models do not take in account for the red tide years and dead zones from the phosphate dumping in the Gulf years ago. In fact, when I put in a public records request to the Council, the latest model and report was dated 2006, and though being uncompleted, the numbers on grouper were just fine, until some numbers cruncher put a formula together to come up with the answer that the sky is falling and to stop this measure, all grouper fishing must stop now. Driving up the price and buying from overseas may still put fish on the tables at your favorite restaurant but it sure as water is wet, it too puts the American Fisherman out of business and with that comes trickle down economics; to which has not been accounted for! I thought an economic feasibility study had to be projected and implemented before these unconstitutional to against the law rules could be put into place anyway. The red tide was in 2005, and they believe it was over-fished, how dumb is that? I think Jane Lubchenko and her mob rule Must Go. Preaching to teaching the world is flat may have worked a couple of hundred years ago but not today, as some of us can still use our minds and see the carnage to which NOAA, the EDF, PEW and a slew of others in the stinking pot of alphabet soup smells; of a Red Herring! I know who is not getting my vote in the upcoming 2011 & 2012 elections. I wonder how many I can persuade to come out of the shadows and into the light?

THE COUNCIL MEETINGS 1:06:20 (30.3 MB)Fishery Management Council Updates: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; South Atlantic Fishery Management Council
2:25:27 (66.5 MB)Final Rules for Individual Fishing Quotas for Gulf Grouper and Tile-fish and Commercial Harvest Requirements; Licenses, Season Closures, Bag and Trip Limits. Draft Rules for Permit, Florida pompano and African pompano
Broward Co. Manatee Rules; Report on Wounded Warrior Event; Discussion on Game Fish Designation concept; Green Iguana Risk Assessment; Div. of Marine Fisheries Management work plan; Public Comment; Administrative Matters; Commissioners' Exchange

Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council
Reef Fish Limited Access Privilege Program Advisory Panel
Gulf Council Office
2203 N. Lois Avenue, Tampa, FL 33607
Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011

I- Adoption of Agenda – (Bortone)
II- NOAA’s Catch Share Policy – (Strelcheck)
III- IFQ Financing under the Fisheries Finance Program - (Diagne)
IV- Comprehensive LAPP Program for the Commercial Sector - (Krebs)
V- Next Steps for the LAPP AP – (Morris)
VI- Other Business – (Bortone)

BYOB or any other party favors you too wish to provide while observing to participating in this Three Ring Circus!

And it is now all based upon


Do you believe in the Declaration of Independence assertion to wit, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” If so, how does this agree with the current federal introduction of placing faith in one man or one group of unelected officials in charge of Public Waterways, fishing grounds and the right to dissolve jobs in such fishery on the grounds of flawed to no data at all, when promises of new jobs are of the Presidents tongue? Not one member of Obama’s “neon green radicals” was elected by the people. Where is the government of and by the people? Do you really believe This Goal is to conserve Our fishing rights? They are attempting to ride to victory with the four horsemen of calumny Fear, ignorance,bigotry and Smear, to which my sights are set to a higher authority; my Rights as an American, to which let no man put it under! Gary A. Anderson

Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Environmental Right: Boga Grips are fatal :)

The Environmental Right: Boga Grips are fatal :): "At a meeting hosted by CCA yesterday in Texas. a college elitist pHd by the name of Andy Danylchuk said that 'I would get sued for saying th..."

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Move Over People, “Dolphins are Nonhuman Persons?”

At the 2010 AAAS Annual Meeting (18-22 February 2010), this organization, along with its members of the same methodology of Dr Jane Lubchenko, Head of NOAA, who is of a Fellowship with AAAS, has had the arrogance to exclaim that sector management is not costing any jobs and that there has been quite a bit of consolidation within the name of science, as to redefining the way we think of other marine creatures. On Sunday, February 21, 2010: 3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Room 7B (San Diego Convention Center), your donations to my tax dollars were hard at work redefining the laws of nature in that “Dolphins are Nonhuman Persons?” There is no such animal but because “science said so”, it must be and Darwin must be rolling in his grave. The definition of a nonhuman is ; Adjective: Of, relating to, or characteristic of a creature that is not a human being or as a Noun: A creature that is not a human being, though the word non-human can be ascribing human characteristics to nonhuman animals, it is not human! A person, on the flip side of this equation is an individual characterized by a preference or liking for a specified thing, such as he is not a dolphin or A human being regarded as an individual; Dr. Jane Lubchenco is a person of bewildering thought as she and her colleges regard Dolphins as non-human persons. It was hard to believe that this came out of a think tank as described on their website “The American Association for the Advancement of Science, "Triple A-S" (AAAS), is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association. In addition to organizing membership activities, AAAS publishes the journal Science, as well as many scientific newsletters, books and reports, and spearheads programs that raise the bar of understanding for science worldwide,” as this is not a step forward in science but backwards, before real humans were ever on the earth.

Are we confused yet? I am but I am a human being who fishes and knows the difference between a dolphin and I, as do most human beings without the need to spend dollars lost to nothing in defining a Dolphin as something that it is not, nor ever will be; no matter how much money the UNEP, Pew Trust put into the “campaign to ensure that federal fishery managers in the Mid-Atlantic end overfishing and rebuild depleted fish populations to provide truly healthy fisheries for the future” , combined with contributions spent by the American Association for the Advancement of Science spent in talking about rubbish to refuse!

This gathering of the minds, last year, also came up with the language to include a non-human to a human status in referring to it as an individual; “Like humans, dolphins appear to be self-conscious, unique individuals [with distinctive personalities, memories and a sense of self] who are vulnerable to a wide range of physical and emotional pain and harm, and who have the power to reflect upon and choose their actions.” Now if a Dolphin is referred to as a “nonhuman persons”, how can it, in the same latitude, be called an individual as the English language defines the word individual, as to referring to persons as, a single human being as distinct from a group, class, or family. So now Mr. Limpet is a human. Well, in this case, he always was. Maybe the AAAS used the movie as its research source? Wild dolphins need clean and quiet oceans according to UNEP, who went on to say; “Dolphins worldwide face several threats to their survival. They are threatened by by-catch, pollution, habitat destruction, over-fishing and climate change. Other human activities that may frighten displace or harm these species such as underwater noise pollution from sources such as shipping traffic, seismic surveys and military sonar.” What about Real human’s?

During this Yearly Conference, the group came to the conclusion that “Humans and dolphins have profoundly different evolutionary histories.” This stuff is comic gold at its best! Some of the most brilliant minds in the world wasting time, effort and money on a subject an elementary school child could have possibly told you. But, at the same time, they also concluded that the juxtaposition of these two images as a real human and a dolphin, are but the same in that “The similarities suggest that dolphins qualify for moral standing as individuals-and, therefore, are entitled to treatment of a particular sort.” Hm, now we have added the term moral standing, to which suggests that dolphins, too feel A person's standards of behavior or beliefs concerning what is and is not acceptable for them to do. Next that would suggest that Dolphins must have ethics within their nonhuman persons society, right? Right! “This juxtaposition of
important similarities and differences has significant ethical implications.” With this aspiring find of utter BS, their findings concluded with the statement of
Unfortunately, humans have a poor
track record for recognizing the rights and interests even of members of our
own species once they've been dubbed "inferior." Meaningful change in
human/dolphin interaction, then, is likely to unfold slowly. Yet developing
an interspecies ethic could mark a significant turning point in the
relationship between humans and other intelligent beings on the planet. “ No wonder we are losing jobs to marine spacial planning, the nonhuman persons were consulted. My unscientific findings on nonhuman persons are; if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck...beam me up Scotty!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Supporting Marine Spatial Closures in Florida

January 13, 2011 – Tampa, FL
I. Introductions (9:00 am – 9:05 am)
II. Adoption of Agenda (9:10 am – 9:15 am)
III. Update from previous AP meeting (9:10 am – 9:30 am) – Froeschke
IV. The role of VMS in enhanced seafood traceability (9:30 am – 11:30 am)
a. Status and future directions of seafood traceability in Gulf of Mexico fisheries – Ocean
b. How can VMS be used to help fish and seafood traceability and support marine spatial
closure issues?
What can be done to automatically increase seafood safety using VMS, electronic
reporting, and compatible software?
V. Lunch (11:30 am – 12:00 pm)
VI. VMS Communications (12:00 pm – 2:00 pm) – Miglini
a. How can VMS be used more effectively in communications?
b. How can these communications become more user friendly?
c. Can routine messages be stored and sent automatically (with minimal updating) thereby
eliminating the need to write new text messages for the same reporting activity?
VII. Future roles and applications of VMS software (2:00 pm – 3:30 pm)
a. What is the interface between VMS, national security, food safety and security, and
fisheries management?
b. Improving VMS protocols and VMS standards
VIII. Other Business (3:30 pm – 4:00 pm)
List of Invitees
IX. AP Panel
a. Bart Niquet
b. Bob Spaeth
c. Brad Kenyon
d. Chris Blankenship
e. Daniel MacMahon
f. Dave McKinney
g. Dennis O’Hern
h. Elbert Whorton
i. Gary Jarvis
j. Glen Brooks
k. Jason DeLaCruz
l. John Schmidt
m. Martin Fisher
n. Michael Kelly
o. Russell Stewart
p. Tracy Redding
a. Tracy Dunn
b. Pat O’Shaughnessy
XI. Council
a. Robin Riechers
XII. Others
a. Representative from Ocean Conservancy to discuss seafood traceability
XIII. Council Staff
a. John Froeschke

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Impeachment Proceedings; President Obama steps to far over the line!

    Keep Our Waters Open!

For two years I have been as patient as an oyster observing what is swirling around in our environmental waters from coast to coast. At some point with in these two years a bit of debris or sand became lodged under one of my folds of greatness and is now developing into a pearl, too which may or may not have imperfections but to either extent, I am opening up and shall speak my words of wisdom. My word is my bond and if I am found wrong, I respectfully will acknowledge such and graciously back away but if I am right; Fire and Brimstone passes before my lips as I am a Political Fishing Activist with The Online Fisherman dot com and the Environmental Right, as many of you know. Many times I write from my heart, The Political Sandbox, as now and the only reason behind it is to keep our waters open, free from foreign rule, free from restrictions that are not only unconstitutional but are illegal in nature and by law. Laws are passed through a process which usually includes a passage through Congressional means, not by the stroke of a pen as the Obama administration has done in letting NOAA rule our waterways through United Nations implementations. Impeachment Proceedings; of President Obama need to be looked into as he has stepped to far out of line through statements to the UN and issued formidably by The National Security Agency!

“Ever heard of the Marine Spacial Plan, page 32, where 'Alternative Revenue Sources' are defined? if not you ought too because the U.N. is about to use these revenue sources to gain the necessary pathway in taking control over the entire world's waterways.” but it gets worse...

The UN, I said, not the USA! A foreign entity, to which we belong has told the USA to pay them and join them in global shared interests, if we want to be part of their plan for a New World Order and Obama, through the CLEAR passage and its earmarks, totaling over 2,000 pages , signed it into law without congressional approval. Then under a a couple of statements from the National Security Council by President Obama to form a bonding relationship to this new idea; “We want to be clear about the factors that have impeded effectiveness in the past. In order for collective action to be mobilized, the polarization that persists across region, race and religion will need too be replaced by a galvanizing sense of shared interests.” To me this sounds more like extreme left-winged socialism or Marxism in a pure and formidable foe. President Obama then further down through much to do about nothing American, made the statement to which President Barack Obama ought to be brought up on Impeachment Proceedings, for I did not approve this, nor did you but he did for us:”As one key effort in the sea domain, for example, we will pursue ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.” to which, President Reagan, George Bush and George W. Bush all rejected on the muse it was too close to Communism belief and theory.
Now we are fighting Catch Share Programs, Sector Separation and illegal closers of fish based on flawed to old or make it up as you go along data. Commercial anglers have been fighting this for a while, as they saw it coming and were trying to stay ahead of the game but now it is swallowing them up and organizations like the RFA are coming to the rescue. Together we may Keep Our Waters Open! Join the battle before you have too sell your rods & equipment on E bay because you either won't be allowed to fish or the cost will be to high. “Positive Mentoring through Fishing.”