The Gloucester Times ran an article today by Richard Gaines which really tied into a thought I had out on the lobster boat today. It is December 17, and today despite being a touch cool was beautiful. Light and variable winds and sunshine. In years past there would have been guys working all around us. We were hauling in areas that are usually fished by gill-netters, hook boats and surrounded by draggers on the softer bottom. With the exception of a couple of lobster boats, I did not see one fishing boat until I was back in the harbor.
NOAA administrator Jane Lubchenco Thursday issued a ringing defense of her and now the nation’s catch share system, telling one of her and her policy’s fiercest critics that catch shares are “merely a tool,” not an outcome, and are thus “not the cause” of lost fishing industry jobs.
I not only think that Jane’s catch share system is the cause, but that her tool has created the exact outcome that she was looking for. Early next year lawsuits brought on by the cities of New Bedford and Gloucester will go to trial. NOAA’s attorneys, along with those of several of the “non-profit green freaks” are already trying to block full disclosure of the relationships between NOAA and organizations such as the PEW foundation, ocean conservancy and environmental defense fund (of which Jane Lubchenko was once head). If they fail, Jane Lubchenko is going to resemble a turtle on its back. I can’t wait until she starts pointing fingers.
Here is the link to the Times article: