Agenda 21 Alert!... NO FISHING ALLOWED!... If Obama Gets His Way You Won't be 'Allowed' to Fish ANYWHERE!

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Tue, 03/09/2010 - 3:39pm.

The Obama administration will accept no more public input for a federal strategy that could prohibit U.S. citizens from fishing the nation's oceans, coastal areas, Great Lakes, and even inland waters!... (Holy hell! This is where I draw the line! First it's guns and hunting and now it's where you can and can not fish... in the waters 'they' polluted! I fished all my life and I'm not stopping now! Coming soon... more new Obamajobs... Fishing Police! ~ S.I.A.)

This announcement comes at the time when the situation supposedly still is "fluid" and the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force still hasn't issued its final report on zoning uses of these waters.

That's a disappointment, but not really a surprise for fishing industry insiders who have negotiated for months with officials at the Council on Environmental Quality and bureaucrats on the task force. These angling advocates have come to suspect that public input into the process was a charade from the beginning.

"When the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) completed their successful campaign to convince the Ontario government to end one of the best scientifically managed big game hunts in North America (spring bear), the results of their agenda had severe economic impacts on small family businesses and the tourism economy of communities across northern and central Ontario," said Phil Morlock, director of environmental affairs for Shimano.

"Now we see NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and the administration planning the future of recreational fishing access in America based on a similar agenda of these same groups and other Big Green anti-use organizations, through an Executive Order by the President.

The current U.S. direction with fishing is a direct parallel to what happened in Canada with hunting: The negative economic impacts on hard working American families and small businesses are being ignored.

"In spite of what we hear daily in the press about the President's concern for jobs and the economy and contrary to what he stated in the June order creating this process, we have seen no evidence from NOAA or the task force that recreational fishing and related jobs are receiving any priority."  

Consequently, unless anglers speak up and convince their Congressional representatives to stop this bureaucratic freight train, it appears that the task force will issue a final report for "marine spatial planning" by late March, with President Barack Obama then issuing an Executive Order to implement its recommendations — whatever they may be.

Led by NOAA's Jane Lubchenco, the task force has shown no overt dislike of recreational angling, but its indifference to the economic, social and biological value of the sport has been deafening.

Additionally, Lubchenco and others in the administration have close ties to environmental groups who would like nothing better than to ban recreational angling. And evidence suggests that these organizations have been the engine behind the task force since before Obama issued a memo creating it last June.

As ESPN previously reported, WWF, Greenpeace, Defenders of Wildlife, Pew Environment Group and others produced a document entitled "Transition Green" shortly after Obama was elected in 2008. What has happened since suggests that the task force has been in lockstep with that position paper.

Then in late summer, just after he created the task force, these groups produced "Recommendations for the Adoption and Implementation of an Oceans, Coasts, and Great Lakes National Policy."

This document makes repeated references to "overfishing," but doesn't once reference recreational angling, its importance, and its benefits, both to participants and the resource.

Additionally, some of these same organizations have revealed their anti-fishing bias by playing fast and loose with "facts," in attempts to ban tackle containing lead in the United States and Canada.

That same tunnel vision, in which recreational angling and commercial fishing are indiscriminately lumped together as harmful to the resource, has persisted with the task force, despite protests by the angling industry.

As more evidence of collusion, the green groups began clamoring for an Executive Order to implement the task force's recommendations even before the public comment period ended in February. Fishing advocates had no idea that this was coming.

Perhaps not so coincidentally, the New York Times reported on Feb. 12 that "President Obama and his team are preparing an array of actions using his executive power to advance energy, environmental, fiscal and other domestic policy priorities."

Morlock fears that "what we're seeing coming at us is an attempted dismantling of the science-based fish and wildlife model that has served us so well. There's no basis in science for the agendas of these groups who are trying to push the public out of being able to fish and recreate.

"Conflicts (user) are overstated and problems are manufactured. It's all just an excuse to put us off the water."

In the wake of the task force's framework document, the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) and its partners in the U.S. Recreational Fishing & Boating Coalition against voiced their concerns to the administration.

"Some of the potential policy implications of this interim framework have the potential to be a real threat to recreational anglers who not only contribute billions of dollars to the economy and millions of dollars in tax revenues to support fisheries conservation, but who are also the backbone of the American fish and wildlife conservation ethic," said CSF President Jeff Crane.

Morlock, a member of the CSF board, added, "There are over one million jobs in America supported coast to coast by recreational fishing. The task force has not included any accountability requirements in their reports for evaluating or mitigating how the new policies they are drafting will impact the fishing industry or related economies.

"Given that the scope of this process appears to include a new set of policies for all coastal and inland waters of the United States, the omission of economic considerations is inexcusable."

This is not the only access issue threatening the public's right to fish, but it definitely is the most serious, according to Chris Horton, national conservation director for BASS.

"With what's being created, the same principles could apply inland as apply to the oceans," he said. "Under the guise of 'marine spatial planning' entire watersheds could be shut down, even 2,000 miles up a river drainage from the ocean.

"Every angler needs to be aware because if it's not happening in your backyard today or tomorrow, it will be eventually.

"We have one of the largest voting blocks in the country and we need to use it. We must not sit idly by."

Robert Montgomery - March 9, 2010 - source ESPNOutdoors 

 

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Arizona Patriot Also Says:
March 9th, 2010 at 11:27 am

Martin Niemöller Revisited:
First they came and took the guns, and I did nothing, because I was not a"Gun-Nut"
Next the came and took the internet, and I did nothing, because I was not a "Wing-Nut"
Next they came and took our Bibles, and I did nothing, because I was not a "Jesus-freak"
Finally they came and took our fishing poles, and all Hell breaks loose.

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Alex Norton (not verified) | Sun, 03/14/2010 - 5:09pm

In Ca alone our buying power as "sport" fishers is over a billion dollars a year!

We need to stop being lumped in with the commercial industry. The commercial industry should be subsidized not bought out but at the same time the commercial industry I always felt as a sport~fisherman to be an egregious and greedy industry and in so many places like Monterey Ca where I live the single reason for plummeting fish stocks.

Of course species recruitment and ocean conditions play a major role in what we see in abundance. There have been may actions taken here to condense sport and commercial fisheries into smaller and smaller areas with "protected zones".

I would have a lot more faith in these "Zones" if the people who set them knew anything about near shore in this case rock fish movement.

Unfortunately it's just another feel good project that will in the end do little to stop over fishing because so many of these fish aggregate and spawn off shore in non regulated areas making them easy pickings for the commercial fleets.

As sport fisherman we need to identify who our enemies are and understanding that the commercial industry needs to stop and take responsibility for the damage done at least in my area.

I am a marine scientist who has explained so many times that we "the marine scientific community" didn't take your fish. Your Dad, grandfather, and great grandfather did. Now we few that have enjoyed the resource from the time we could hold a pole to now could be steam rolled by groups that should take a majority of the blame.

Last points, who started "catch and release" who has preserver more wet lands than any eco group.......sportsmen we are the real ecologist we want our kids to know the joy our families showed us on those early mornings.

Grant d Barno (not verified) | Wed, 03/17/2010 - 9:21am

I can not believe that Obama would do this,. I mean i know i dont agree with most of the things that the guy does. but this is crossing the line America! We need to stand up as Americans and not let this man push us around any longer! You wanted "Change" America well now you got it. not only is he taking away our rights but he is taking away a pass time. and a great one at that. If we let this happen, what else will be next? taking away baseball? no he wont do that because im sure he likes to watch baseball! Obama will only take away the things he cares nothing about. I dont know about yoou but I am pissed off! open up your windows America! Stick you head out that window and shout at the top of your lungs, "I AM MAD AS HELL!!! AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE"