Charter Fisherman's Association Officers
Capt. Cantrell approached me at the New Orleans GC meeting and seemed to be a pretty good young captain - I guess I was wrong, but I should have known seeing the company that he keeps. You see, he is an officer with CFA - the Charter Fisherman's Association, and EDF has all of their minions workng overtime to try to discredit people who are actually trying to fight the corrupt system for ALL recreational fishermen in the Gulf, including the recreational fishermen who choose to fish aboard CFA vessels.
Here are Fishball's websites;
Cantrell, aka "Fishball" on that forum is shown on the enclosed photo where he and a EDF-funded bus load of minions are driving back from the Congressional hearing in Panama City. FL a while back for the sole purpose of harrassing Rep. Steve Southerland and providing propaganda fodder for enviro writers such as Matt Tinning of the Marine Fish Conservation Network. The orange t-shirts they are wearing exclaiming "Keep Catch Shares On The Table" were paid for by EDF/Shareholders Alliance and handed out at the meeting by the Shareholder's TJ Tate. The Charterfisherman's Assocation's facebook page even contains a poorly vieled threat against the Congressman; "Dear Congressman,
Don't mess with Texas!!!!! We will give you a real welcome home."
This busload from Texas, according to enviro propagandist Matt Tinning supposedly represented "Fishermen in the Gulf — irrespective of their views on catch shares — spoke out en mass against Florida Panhandle Congressman Steve Southerland. And they did it for one simple reason: because he’s abjectly failing to do his job and represent them." En mass? Give me a break. Looks to me that the obnoxious orange t-shirts proclaim VERY LOUDLY that they ALL have the exact same view on catch shares despite Matt Tinning's propagandistic claim otherwise. They did it for one simple reason all right - GREED.
So, this young CFA officer has, as I predicted, used the typical M.O. of the EDF-funded lackeys of attacking people who are trying to shine the light on their profit grab, but do not possess the fortitude to stand up like a man and say it openly.
So much for CFA's highly touted push for "ACCOUNTABILITY". The Charter Fisherman's Association claims to be pushing for catch shares / sector separation for "accountability" reasons, yet they don't even want to be held accountable for their own actions.
What an absolute joke. No wonder they aren't interested in holding the NMFS accountable either.
I'm not surprised in the least. Look at other CFA officers/advisors and you will see plenty of people who have exhibited ethical lapses when it comes to being held accountable relative to our fisheries, EDF involvement, or failure to provide full disclosure.
CFA President Mike Jennings either bald-face lied to me (or was simply misinformed himself) when he wrote in an email to me that EDF wasn't involved in the Sector Separation Workshop 2 years ago. According to him, "EDF was not involved, not invited, and not at the table". However, the truth is that the Sector Separation Infomercial, uh, I mean Workshop, was SUPPOSED to have been a Gulf Council function but was in reality designed, orchestrated and CONTROLLED by EDF's Whitney Tome.
Capt. Billy Archer was involved in some legal morass a while back regarding the hiding of red snapper filets in the hold of his vessel. Although they tried to hold him accountable for these actions, he still denies any guilt in attempting to circumvent our fisheries management laws.
Capt. Mike Miglini; Scroll down on the link above and you will see the background of each officer - here is Miglini's; "Captain Michael Miglini owns Out to Sea Adventures in Port Aransas Texas and runs spearfishing, scuba diving and offshore fishing trips in the Gulf of Mexico. In addition to running regular offshore fishing trips Capt. Miglini has taken over 2,000 recreational fishermen and women on their first diving and spearfishing trip in the Gulf of Mexico. His specialty is providing safe, fun and friendly fishing opportunities to new anglers and divers of all ages and experience levels. Michael also assists local universities in conducting research on artificial reefs, red snapper, and physical oceanography. Graduate of St. Edward’s University with business degree in finance. Michael is married to his wife and first mate Jaime. He is the past secretary and president of the Port Aransas Boatmen, Inc., graduate of Leadership Corpus Christi, completed the Marine Resource Education Program in Massachusetts and has served on numerous fishery advisory panels."
I don't see any mention of the fact that Capt. Miglini is being paid $40,000/year by EDF for his position at CFA. I also don't see any mention that Capt. Miglini owns every conceivable type of COMMERCIAL IFQ there is. He very probably makes more money on the commercial side of the fishery than he does on the recreational side, yet he portrays himself as purely recreational in this EDF-scripted fluff. There is no mention of how Miglini, or any of these CFA captains are going to profit personally from the proposed windfall that will come if and when sector separation / catch shares come to the Gulf recreational fishery as the Shareholders Alliance members are telling them will happen.
Capt. Steve Tomeny. I don't see any mention of his felony conviction years ago of making false statements to the NMFS to obtain a red snapper endorsement;
"Appellants thereafter pleaded guilty to violating 18 U.S.C.
§ 1001, and appellants signed a written stipulation concerning the
factual basis for the guilty plea. The district court sentenced
Tomeny to six months’ home confinement and three years’ probation
and fined him $20,000. The district court fined Tomeny, Inc. $12,000."
I know you can't be elected to public office if you have been convicted of a felony, but I guess that doesn't apply to being appointed to the Board of The Charter Fisherman's Association.
Bottom line: These CFA officers and their minions do NOT want to provide full disclosure as to what they are actually up to here.
Word is the extremists enviro groups, such as EDF, are about to launch a billboard advertising campaign in FL District 2 depicting Rep Southerland as the #1 enemy of the oceans. Nothing is further from the truth. These extremists enviros that include EDF will use their Millions of dollars and handful of fishermen they support to spread the lies and misconceptions of reality to keep Rep Southerland from being re elected.
We clearly do not have the free Millions of dollars provided to the extremists enviros by family foundations they use to mislead the public, but we do know who has helped us to survive and who is truly concerned for our resources and livelihood. We can spread the truth of the work Rep Southerland and others have done for our resources and for jobs.
AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE THE TRUTH.
Capt. Thomas J. Hilton