Jan 31, 2013
PNP comment: I smell NOAA and its National Marine Fisheries Service behind this with lies and sham science. NOAA and NMFS have already been caught lying cheating and putting fishing industries and villiages out of business. Continuing to put tax-paying businesses out of work — well how will there be enough in the tax fund to pay government agencies corrupt budgets? — Editor Liz Bowen
Published January 31, 2013
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. – Minutes after New England fishery managers took a vote that cast doubt on the historic industry’s future, the prospects most clear to Gloucester fishermen Paul Vitale were his own.
“I’m bankrupt. That’s it,” said the 40-year-old father of three. “I’m all done. The boat’s going up for sale.”
The New England Fishery Management Council on Wednesday approved a year-to-year cut of 77 percent on the Gulf of Maine cod limit and 61 percent for Georges Bank cod.
The cuts come on top of a slew of other reductions, ranging from 10 to 71 percent, on the catch of other bottom-dwelling groundfish species, such as haddock and flounder.
Fishermen say now they’re staring at industry collapse because they’ve been left with far too few fish for most boats to make a living.
“We are headed down the wrong course here, of exterminating the inshore fleet, for no good reason,” said David Goethel, a New Hampshire fisherman and council member.
The cuts, in effect May 1, are expected to be backed by federal managers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA’s top federal fisheries regulator, John Bullard, acknowledged the reductions will be devastating. But he said the fish stocks are struggling and the industry’s steady, excruciating decline must be reversed.
“The first thing we have to do is put denial behind us,” he said.
The cuts hit an industry that was crucial to the nation’s early economy and remains imbued with the risk and romance of man versus nature — depicted in the famous “Man at the Wheel” statue in Gloucester of a fisherman facing the sea.
The new low limits reduce the cod catch to just a fraction of what it once was and prevent fishermen from landing more plentiful species, such as haddock and pollock. That’s because fishermen can’t pull up the healthier groundfish without catching too much of the cod that swim among them.
An economic analysis by the council projected that the cuts would reduce overall groundfish revenues by 33 percent, from about $90 million in 2011 to about $60 million in 2013. But fishermen said the projection is far too optimistic.
“It’s fantasy. … I mean, I’d rather go to Disney World. I’ve got a better chance of meeting Peter Pan,” said Goethel, who predicted the entire New Hamsphire fleet would be eliminated.
Fishermen have consistently disputed the accuracy of the science that drives regulation and that indicates the stocks are in bad shape. And they noted the industry has generally fished at or below levels recommended by science in recent years, but the advice has proven wrong.
“I’ve done everything they told me to do, and all of the sudden I come up here to a meeting today, and they’re going to send me in a coffin out of this place,” said New Bedford fisherman Carlos Rafael, who said he may have to sideline half of his fleet of 20 groundfish boats.
Peter Shelley of the Conservation Law Foundation said the council had no choice but to cut catch limits drastically so struggling stocks can recover.
“A far worse result would be to fail to take the kind of action that would secure a future for this fishery,” he said.
Maggie Raymond of the Associated Fisheries of Maine said some boats in her group would try to hang on by targeting healthy, but less valuable, stocks of redfish and haddock. Others won’t make it, she said.
Jan 31, 2013
Program: Speaker Thursday, 01/31/2013, will be Supervisor Brandon Criss.
You won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear our new county supervisor. Bring you question.
Join us at 6:00 PM, at Abundant Life church, 934 North Old Stage, Mount Shasta.
Jan 30, 2013
1/30/13 Buffalo Broadcasting News Service
CA. Fish and Game Director Chuck Bonham met with Siskiyou County Ranchers, Farmers and Government Officials.
Chuck Bonham, Director of the California Department of Fish and Game, met individually with members of the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors yesterday. Buffalo Broadcasting will bring you details of those meetings at a later date. Later in the Day, Mr. Bonham met with 25 Siskiyou County ranchers, farmers and water right owners in an open forum setting. The meeting was arranged by Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey in order that landowners could express opinions regarding resource issues which face our county.
There was nothing of substance forthcoming due to the one hour time restriction placed on the meeting by CDFG, however none of the participants missed the opportunity to express their displeasure with the agency.
Coho salmon and water issues were in the forefront, with mining and wolves also being discussed.
Leaving the meeting, one could say that perhaps none of our problems were solved, but there is no doubt that Mr. Bonham knows where the citizens of Siskiyou stand on these contentious issues. Congressman LaMalfa and Senator Nielsen’s offices sent representatives. Sheriff Lopey was also in attendance.
Among the points made:
Voters, taxpayers, property and water right owners object strongly to being given equal standing to the so-called “stakeholders” such as the Klamath River Keepers.
Mr. Bonham agreed that property owners should be held in much higher esteem than KS wild or other groups who have nothing to lose in resource decisions.
The property owners of Siskiyou County will not tolerate the illegal taking of property or water by CDFG or any other agency of the government.
No Comment from Mr. Bonham.
Mr. Bonham made the categorical statement that CDFG has no current plan to introduce wolves into California.
Mr. Bonham agreed to look at the destruction caused by the huge elk herds to Butte Valley ranchers.
It is fairly certain the CDFG will pursue the Coho salmon permit which it has been trying for years to get. Under Mr. Bonham’s leadership, they will be smarter in the attempt to gain control over water rights and in stream flows.
The Fish and Game Commission is meeting in Mt, Shasta onMarch 7. It would be in the interest of every property owner in Siskiyou County to attend this meeting.
Siskiyou mining interests were well represented by Mike Adams. Mr. Adams insisted that CDFG comply with the law and finish the EIR, regulatory process and fee structure, so that miners could get back to work.
Mr. Bonham agreed to look revisit this issue from Sacramento.
One member of the Karuk Tribe also representing miners spoke of the greed and corruption which has been present in the Karuk Department of Natural Resources. This gentleman also wishes to get back to making a living for his family. Buster Attebury, Council Chairman, is trying to get a handle on these suspect activities in order to improve the situation for all of the Karuk people and not just a select few.
No Comment from Mr. Bonham on this issue.
The common theme from the people of Siskiyou County to CDFG is this:
Where is the Common Sense? We would all like to know the answer.
This is your News Director Corkey Small reporting for Buffalo Broadcasting.