Richard Allen wrote a piece for ‘South coast today’ citing how there are only so many fish in the ocean to support local fleets. He writes about the need to shed excess boats, despite the fleet maintaining a healthy balance while fish stocks have improved over the last six years. Any downsizing of said fleets with the new sector regime, according to Allen, is a natural correction based on what local economies can sustain. Again, anyone with no knowledge of the industry could not help but agree with Allen’s simple logic. And thus the snowball of anti-overfishing sentiment grows ever larger.
Did I forget to mention that he is in bed with the environmental defense fund? Or that he is a retired fisherman who helped with the development of the Cape Cod Hook Sector? A group of fishermen so self concerned they would gladly watch every fisherman in the country go down if it meant they could continue to pat themselves on the back for a living.
Having left a trail of broken promises and inconceivable scientific miscalculations fifteen years long, NMFS cannot be trusted. Numbers on paper can be manipulated to look any number of ways. As long as the press focusses on the articles written by management consultants the majority of public opinion will be influenced by a biased moral agenda. I have attached the article for anyone with time to waste.