Tuesday, January 31, 2012

What do the antis really want?

With most of our fish stocks in better shape than ever - or at least since Magnuson became law in 1976 - the question "what do these people really want?" comes up more often. I put some information together in A Good Fisheries Crisis Is Hard To Find (http://www.fishnet-usa.com/A%20Good%20Crisis.pdf) that answers that question, and most simply written, it's all about the dollars. And it isn't their dollars, it's the dollars that they can charm out of a bunch of billionaires who don't know one end of a fish from the other by providing them with a bogus cause to fix (along, I'm sure, with a bunch of self-serving ulterior motives as well).


Rally in Washington - March 21, 2012

The people who organized the rally in 2010 are in the process of organizing a follow-up event on March 21. We're looking forward to more people in attendance, more media attention and more support from our federal legislators, but that's all up to you.

In the two years since the last rally fish stocks have continued to improve, and they've improved only because of the sacrifices that we all, whether recreational or commercial fishermen, have made. What's it gotten us? Thanks to the efforts of a handful of multi-billion dollar "charitable" foundations, the so-called marine conservation organizations, the so-called fishing organizations and the federal bureaucrats that are little more than puppets in their anti-fishing campaign, we've gotten lower TACs, shorter seasons, less access and more restrictions than we've ever had before. We have a head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration whose stated purpose is to get fish and fishermen off the water, and as a country we're now importing more than 80% of the seafood we consume.

You can stay up to date on the plans for the rally as they develop by visiting the Keep Fishermen Fishing website (http://www.keepfishermenfishing.com/), following Keep Fishermen Fishing on Facebook and subscribing to the Keep Fishermen Fishing Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/#!/FishMarchDC2012). And, of course, by subscribing to updates to this blog.

Thanks for your attention, and remember that it's up to you.
Nils Stolpe