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It's time for our commercial fisheries to move to a farming style of production, and more importantly, Leave our wild fish stocks to recreational anglers.

Of course the commies will fight this every step of the way.




Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders' Alliance fights NOAA over aqua farms

NEW ORLEANS — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) decision to approve industrial offshore fish farming last month in federally protected waters in the Gulf of Mexico is a strong concern in a "delicate and restricted estuarine system," according to a leading non-profit fisherman’s organization.

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Finalized in January, the plan for the aqua farms will permit up to 20 industrial facilities, which will see approximately 64 million pounds of fish produced every year in the Gulf of Mexico. This is the same amount of wild fish currently caught in the Gulf of Mexico annually, meaning that farmed fish would double offerings and flood the market.

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A suit was filed against NOAA by a number of Gulf fishing groups, including Brazer's organization, in the U.S. Eastern District Court of Louisiana on Feb. 12. The suit alleges that NOAA has no authority to undertake the offshore fish farming, and that allowing aqua farms is a threat to native and endangered species, the ecosystem, and the fish we eat.

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Many commercial fishermen can be found spending more time on land protecting the fisheries than actually fishing offshore, Brazer said. So-much-so, that on a regular basis many fishermen will travel to Washington D.C. to educate Congress, fight for the protection of the Magnuson-Stevens Conservation and Management Act (MSA), support bills that improve fishery data collection, fight against illegal fishing practices, or spend time on the nation’s only conservation-based seafood traceability program, Gulf Wild, which promotes seafood protection and consumer awareness.


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  • Tom HiltonTom Hilton Posts: 1,585 Captain
    This is just another example of how our fisheries management process has been hijacked by the big $$$ pumped in by The Environmental Defense Fund to manage our fisheries through the courts rather than relying on what's actually best for our nation.

    The Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders Alliance is a puppet organization formed/funded by EDF to do exactly what they are doing today - file lawsuit after lawsuit to force their agenda on the rest of Americans. How many lawsuits has Buddy Guidon/Shareholders Alliance filed in the last few years? Several, with one of them causing our 9 day season a couple of seasons ago.

    The Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council is enabling this rogue group to hijack our fisheries process by giving them free money to file lawsuits - the latest increase in TAC resulted in about $5 million PER YEAR increase in free money to the commercial red snapper corporations, while the recreational sector got 1 or 2 days of fishing season added. Hmmm - $5 million/year vs 2 fishing days - I wonder who is going to win that fight?

    Just another example of how our Gulf fisheries management needs to be stricken from federal control and handed over to the Gulf states fisheries commissions.
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