SOS Guys Have Changed Their Goals?
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