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SOS Guys Have Changed Their Goals?

Looks like the SOS guys (Save Our Selves) have changed their tune now....instead of the #1 goal of "securing our allocation" that has been their guiding premise for the last 3 years or so, the fundamental goal has suddenly switched to "achieving sustainable and accountable status for our fisheries in a way that will increase ALL user groups' access...."

Looks like EDF has decided to change the way their plan is "marketed". Strange that they claim to be looking out for ALL user groups, yet their very name represents just one user group.


"The fundamental goal of the Charter Fishermans Association is to achieve sustainable and accountable status for our fisheries in a way that will increase all user groups’ access to our nations natural resources."

Only one problem: they haven't proferred any such plan to my knowledge. Any CFA members out there care to put forth exactly how the CFA has developed this "goal" of increasing ALL user groups' access to our nation's natural resources? Anyone?

If any of you know any CFA members, please ask them exactly how they plan to achieve this "goal". It's certainly not found on their facebook pages or website. All I can find are EDF-scripted articles like this;
http://charterfisherman.org/Resources/Documents/Sector%20Seperation/Sector%20Separation.pdf which promote fish tags for private recs.

Please document exactly how fish tags for the private recs will INCREASE our access. Anyone?

How about this one?

Oh yeah, that's the sector separation analysis that shows a correlation between benefits for the CFH fleet tied directly to the detriment of the private recs in 11 out of 12 scenarios. Certainly does NOT increase the private rec user group's access to our nation's natural resources - in fact, it does the polar opposite. Any CFA members care to explain this apparent oversight? Anyone?

How about this one?

The last sentence states; "Charter fishermen and the recreational fishermen who need their services to safely access offshore fisheries have been experiencing reductions in catch limits to rebuild over fished species. While boating owning private fishermen can adapt their recreational experience, charter fishermen are losing the viability to operate a small business and provide the majority of the American people the ability to safely access offshore fisheries."

What this statement totally ignores is the FACT that private recreational boat owners actually provide access to many more Americans to our offshore fisheries - most private recreational offshore fishermen do NOT own their own boats and rely on their friends, relatives, or for-hire to catch a ride. To claim that the charter-for-hire provides the majority access flies in the face of the NMFS' own Sector Separation Scoping Document which claims that the CFH fleet accounted for less than 20% of the recreational red snapper landings in 2011. Hardly the majority in today's fishing reality.

Also of note is the claim; "While boating owning private fishermen can adapt their recreational experience..." EXACTLY does that mean? I believe it means that we can simply "adapt" as we have been doing for years now, by going fishing LESS.


Looks to me that as of August 22, 2012, (less than 3 weeks ago), the CFA is not REALLY interested in "achieving sustainable and accountable status for our fisheries in a way that will increase ALL user groups’ access to our nations natural resources" - JUST one user group.

It seems that putting enviro-scripted feel-good prose on the web, supposedly stating one over-arching goal is in reality what it always has been - a profit-motivated action to realize the enormous $$$ that will come from privatizing OUR Public Trust Resource, OUR fish, for the benefit of a select few enviro-funded charter captains.

It's time to stand up to this enviro-funded attack on our fisheries access and heritage and call it out for what it is - A SHAM.

Capt. Thomas J. Hilton


  • Its ironic (being kind) that this groups "Claims" to want "Sustainabile Fisheries", yet the very ONE thing needed MOST to allow
    such a condition to exist , namely Reliable Data, is something they OPPOSE in US Federal Fishery Management. When the idea
    came up to MANDATE Reliable Science Based Data in setting ACL's, guess who stood with EDF in their OPPOSITION to the
    proposed legislative measure??? The same guys claiming they want Sustainable Fisheries!!

    Then President Gary Jarvis even chined in that "Science won't save you.....In fact Science may make it worse"!!! This was in responce
    to a question on why their group opposed making reliable science a mandate in holding the NMFS accountable for their regulatory decisions.
    Other CFA groupies when ask if they felt that the fish stocks they see on the water, such as Red Snapper, are accurately reflected
    by the stock assesments and seasons we see comming from the NMFS.......They REFUSE to Answer!!!!!!!

    Yeah...they want 'Sustainability' and 'Accountability'.....if that is what you call guarenteed allocations and profit capabilities at any cost.
    The very fact that they oppose the use of Reliable Science in regulating our fisheries shows their 'True Colors', and thats a Flag with
    a Skull and Cross-bones, set to a Green backgrouns with dollar signs on two corners and fish on the other two!!!
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