Dicky G. 
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Re: “New Rules Threaten Small Fishermen

This is from a New England boat owner where catch shares were imposed last May: 65% of the New England groundfish fleet has been tied to the dock since May1,2010 because of low total allocations; but especially due to impossibly low individual allocations.

DO NOT BELIEVE THE LIES OF NMFS/EDF. "Revenues are up" is NOT TRUE. That is stastical slight of hand and pure BS. The cost of buying allocation is not factored into their "revenues" count. 80% of the TAC went to 20% of the boats and so some of their "revenues" are "up" for sure. Smaller operators, however are going out of business after generations of fishing, ---I know, I'm one.

It is not "a few individuals" it is the MAJORITY OF THE FLEET in the largest fishing port in the nation, estimates are from 60% to 70% of the vessels in the New Bedford, MA fleet are idle---and hurting.

NOAA/EDF are now working on privatizing our monkfish, next will be whiting, scup and squid.

Separate the fish from the license (which in essence is what catch shares do) and Wall Street will make a shambles of this industry as they've done with so many others. Any "safeguards" or "caps" on ownership can be undone as quickly as they're instituted. If the money manipulators can get the Supreme Court to reverse 100 years of campaign finance restrictions, they can certainly get a Fisheries Council to remove a few "safeguards".

We must stop this catch share scam; it's nothing but short sighted mindless greed including some bought and sold fishermen posing as poster children for the EDF scam artists. Firm Resolve will overcome.

Posted by Dicky G. on 01/30/2011 at 11:04 AM

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