Honestly, I don’t know when this happened. There were no newsletters or memos. There was no mention of this during the re-structuring of our fishery management system. But somewhere along the line, the Environmental Defense Fund Was able to get their foot in the door and slowly slither through. I’m not sure if they rode the wave of their bullshit sense of moral superiority, or if they just took advantage of everyone’s willingness to ignore flaws in the system in order to “take environmentally sound action”. Perhaps Jane Lubchenco hid them under her coat. It seems that now they consider themselves a part of the process. This is evident by their feeling the need to publicly support or denounce every action made by NOAA or Secretary Locke.
One such example:
We look forward to working with him and Secretary Locke, Administrator Lubchenco, the New England Congressional Delegation and the fishing industry to develop a better understanding of our fragile fish resource and identify the best ways to rebuild and maintain our fisheries for generations to come.
What has made this private, non-profit group full of radical environmentalists who are biased to the core think that they have the authority to sway any government-funded scientifically based regulatory action? Fisheries and their governing bodies should not be influenced by anyone’s moral agenda. The Science should be running the show, and if federal research boats can’t get it done, why not look at the information the fishermen provide on a daily basis? Anyone with any background knowledge at all in the industry could look at a catch report from today, compare it to one from ten years ago, and learn quite a bit. I’m guessing that a catch report would seem to be written in gibberish to the folks at the EDF.