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    Re: Bad news for fishermen

    I am always leery of attempts by commercial fisherman to be grouped with recreational fisherman. When you examine crashing fish populations, it always seems that commercial anglers catch 90% of the fish. What that means is that when a population crash is observed, you could very easily protect the resource by moratoriums on commercial fishing, while allowing recreational anglers to continue to fish. The problem is that commercial lobbying groups always demand that any moratorium on them also apply to recreational anglers. Commercial anglers represent a few thousand votes, but recreational anglers represent millions of votes.

    Of course that is one of the reasons I think a real salt water license would be beneficial. It would created a definitive count of recreational anglers and provide for funds to work to protect their interests above the commercial guys.

    As to this specific piece, seems like it is cut and pasted from commercial lobbying propaganda. The comment periods is ending, as all comment periods do. This one was extended for an additional 90 days already, at some point it has to be acted on.

    By the way reminding your representative that you are concerned and interested in protecting recreational fishing rights, is always a good idea. reminding them that commercial anglers are a much smaller voting block, that often hurts recreational anglers with their activities is also a good idea.


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    Re: Bad news for fishermen

    Anytime it appears that groups like PEW, World Wildlife Fund, PETA, Fund for Animals, etc. may have influence on an administration's conservation policies anglers and hunters need to beware and take action to strongly reaffirm their positions and values to their representatives. That was probably the main concern for me with the article.

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    Re: Bad news for fishermen

    March 10, 2010
    Statement from Eric Schwaab, NOAA's Assistant Administrator
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    The Ocean Policy Task Force has not recommended a ban on recreational
    fishing.

    The draft reports by the Ocean Policy Task Force do not contain a zoning map and do not establish any restrictions on recreational fishing, nor make any judgments about whether one ocean activity or use is better than another. Instead, the reports set up a policy and framework for effectively managing the many sustainable uses of the ocean while upholding our responsibility to be stewards of our oceans, coasts and Great Lakes.

    As a member of the task force, NOAA Administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco, has said, and I echo her on this, that saltwater recreational fishing is vital to this nation and NOAA is committed to building a strong partnership with America’s saltwater anglers to ensure that Americans have opportunities to fish sustainably for generations to come.

    Saltwater recreational fishing matters to me on a personal level as a recreational fisherman, it matters to millions of Americans who enjoy this great sport and it matters to our economy. Our most recent economic report shows it supports a half million jobs and generates $82 billion in sales each year.

    NOAA is committed to adopting policies that will ensure that current and future generations have the opportunity to enjoy the great tradition of recreational fishing.

    For more information contact Monica Allen, NOAA Fisheries Communications, at 301-713-2370 or email her at monica.allen@noaa.gov


    ESPN back pedals a bit: ESPNOutdoors.com: From the editor - ESPN

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    Re: Bad news for fishermen

    Given Joed's last post, it seems the original articles were designed to inflame great numbers of people to act and were based on opinion rather than evidence. They raised the specter of a entrenched conspiracy of green groups taking away our rights to raise an army to fight a battle that was NOT to be.

    Sounds familiar...

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    Re: Bad news for fishermen

    All:

    Here is Trout Unlimited's position on this issue from our new CEO, Chris Wood:


    Dear TU Supporters:
    We wanted to take a moment to respond to a number of you who have written to us this week concerning an ESPN piece that appeared on the ESPN Outdoors website about the draft proposal recently published by the President's Ocean Policy Task Force. The first sentence in the piece said the following: "The Obama administration has ended public input for a federal strategy that could prohibit U.S. citizens from fishing some of the nation's oceans, coastal areas, Great Lakes, and even inland waters.”
    Subsequently, the Executive Producer of ESPN Outdoors issued a statement saying that the piece was an opinion piece and not a news article. That statement is linked here, as is the original published piece from the ESPN Outdoors website.
    http://sports.espn.go.com/outdoors/saltwater/columns/story?columnist=bowman_steve&id=4982359
    The confusion over the ESPN article led the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), the coordinating entity for federal environmental efforts, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), to issue the following statements:
    Eric Schwaab, NOAA's Assistant Administrator for the National Marine Fisheries Service:
    "The Ocean Policy Task Force has not recommended a ban on recreational fishing."
    "The draft reports by the Ocean Policy Task Force do not contain a zoning map and do not establish any restrictions on recreational fishing, nor make any judgments about whether one ocean activity or use is better than another. Instead, the reports set up a policy and framework for effectively managing the many sustainable uses of the ocean while upholding our responsibility to be stewards of our oceans, coasts and Great Lakes."
    "As a member of the task force, NOAA Administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco, has said, and I echo her on this, that saltwater recreational fishing is vital to this nation and NOAA is committed to building a strong partnership with America's saltwater anglers to ensure that Americans have opportunities to fish sustainably for generations to come."
    "Saltwater recreational fishing matters to me on a personal level as a recreational fisherman, it matters to millions of Americans who enjoy this great sport and it matters to our economy. Our most recent economic report shows it supports a half million jobs and generates $82 billion in sales each year."
    "NOAA is committed to adopting policies that will ensure that current and future generations have the opportunity to enjoy the great tradition of recreational fishing."
    Christine Glunz, Communications Director at the White House Council on Environmental Quality issued statements the following statement today regarding the Ocean Policy Task Force:
    "The draft reports issued by the Ocean Policy Task Force have involved extensive stakeholder input and public participation as they were being prepared, which has included the interests of conservationists and the recreational fishing community. These draft reports are not map-drawing exercises, they do not contain a zoning plan, and they do not establish any restrictions on recreational fishing or on public access, nor make any judgments about whether one ocean activity or use is better than another."
    "The Ocean Policy Task Force sincerely appreciates the conservation activities of recreational users, who have a long history of actively participating in the stewardship of the ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources. The Task Force strongly believes in the ability of recreational fishermen and women to continue to enjoy these activities that are critical to the economic, social, and cultural fabric of our country. In fact, one of our main goals is to ensure healthier ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes, which will benefit all recreational activities and the communities and economies that rely on them."
    We at TU hope that the CEQ and NOAA statements put this issue to rest. In our view, there is no evidence that the Obama Administration intended to use the work of the Ocean Task Force to undercut marine sport fishing.
    Also, we would like to point out that Eric Schwaab, NOAA's Assistant Administrator for the National Marine Fisheries Service, began his new position in February and is a superb conservationist and an avid angler. We wish him well and look forward to working with him in the coming months.
    NOAA has invited TU to join many other sportfishing groups to participate in a "Recreational Saltwater Fishing Summit" in Alexandria, Va. in April to discuss this and other issues pertaining to marine sportfishing.
    We'll be there and we'll look forward to continuing to work with NOAA on the many challenges we face together.
    Regards,
    Chris Wood, President and CEO
    Steve Moyer, Vice President, Government Affairs

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    Re: Bad news for fishermen

    Quote Originally Posted by Future Fanatic View Post
    Given Joed's last post, it seems the original articles were designed to inflame great numbers of people to act and were based on opinion rather than evidence. They raised the specter of a entrenched conspiracy of green groups taking away our rights to raise an army to fight a battle that was NOT to be.

    Sounds familiar...
    The other possibility is that they saw a reaction to this article and thought they better tell the recreational angling community what they wanted to hear. That being said the proof will be in the final legislation or executive order. Anyone that doesnt think our government hasnt said one thing and done another need only to look at history. Hopefully the statement made by NOAA is Accurate and there is nothing to be concerned about. Only time will tell.

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