Archive for September, 2010
One of the most difficult things about discussing fisheries management is that everyone thinks they are a captain. I don’t know how many times I’ve read something to the effect of “I used to catch all kinds of fish, and now I don’t. There aren’t any fish left”. Here is a quick news flash for the scientists and for the guys that have been fishing four times a year for thirty years: Fish have tails. They are not always going to be in the same spots or act the same way. You are not supposed to always catch fish, no matter how good you are. Having fished for thirty years does not make you a good fisherman (especially if you only go a couple of times a year). Calling yourself a scientist and spending loads of govt money on equipment does not guarantee you will catch fish.
This week, the South Coast Today published an interesting piece by several professors and researchers of marine science claiming just how important it is that in light of all the recent enforcement allegations NOAA hold strong on the strict allocations set under the catch share system. http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100925/OPINION/9250338 And, once again, I guarantee that with the exception of a five-mile perimeter on both coasts, people are happy to spoon feed on whatever a ‘scientist’ or a ‘researcher’ serves up. They can then tilt their chins slightly upwards and regurgitate to whomever will listen. Lets take a quick look at some of the information provided by this brain trust:
The new provisions in MSRA and NS1 corrected these deficiencies and have set us on the track to recovery and prosperity in our fisheries. Indeed, both extensive simulation modeling and experience with well-managed fisheries show that populations can be rebuilt and sustained when science-based catch limits are respected, allowing fisheries to deliver important benefits to coastal communities and to the nation at large.
Corrected deficiencies; on the track to recovery; prosperity in our fisheries; extensive modeling; science based; important benefits to coastal communities? For years these guys have been re-wording the same statements to justify their actions. We’ll just have to see how coastal communities benefit from turning a day-boat fleet of hundreds into a couple of catcher-processors.
Now is not the time to undermine the sacrifice, investments and progress that have been made toward building better and more secure fisheries. Allowing science-based catch limits to work will contribute toward that goal. Cutting corners in the short-term will compromise long-term stability and prosperity to the benefit of no one.
This statement is just false and shows how little attention has been paid by these edgumicated jack-asses. Last year was actually not the time to undermine the sacrifices, investments and progress. And that is exactly what they have done. Not with the system: with their allocations. The system will ‘work’, but does not in any way reflect the science based catch limits they claim it does.
Hopefully, the enforcement mess is going to force secretary of commerce Locke’s hand in investigating how NOAA designated allocations. He will see how conflicted the interests are of those in position to enact change. By removing the sense of moral superiority from management, we can then return to a system that reflects the actual numbers and rewards sacrifice while at the same time protecting stocks truly in need. Did I just say ‘return’? That seems like the wrong word.
So, as rats do, the folks who all played a role in the abuse of power surrounding the northeast fisheries enforcement are claiming that they are being made ‘scapegoats’. Welcome to the club. Well, make no mistake…there is only one reason that all of these re-positioned NOAA employees are still being paid. Shit runs downhill, and the higher-ups will do whatever it takes to maintain their innocence. Guess what?
from last winter.
Always been a big fan of the movie, but I had never seen the original trailer. Pretty cool.
Nothing great…but it beats July. It’s just good to see that I’m still so handsome.