Charter Fisherman's Association Letter
Charter Fishermen's Association Executive Director Michael Miglini is a perfect example of how the EDF-funded Commercial IFQ people are pushing for Catch Shares in the recreational sector so that they can PERSONALLY PROFIT even more from our public trust resource. It has absolutely nothing to do with helping the fisheries...only helping their checking account.
The Charter Fishermen's Association is nothing more than a shell organization formed by the EDF-funded SOS people to falsely paint the picture that recreational captains want Catch Shares in the Gulf. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Here's a listing of COMMERCIAL IFQ SHARE HOLDERS;
You will see that Miglini "owns" every possible type of commercial IFQ available, yet is presenting himself, as Executive Director of the CHARTER FISHERMEN'S ASSOCIATION, as a recreational CFH captain pushing for catch shares to supposedly help the fisheries. You will notice that he makes no mention of his ownership of commercial IFQs to the maximum extent possible in his letter. SOS leader Gary Jarvis is also listed but it shows no IFQ ownership - interesting.
Miglini owns IFQs for;
Deep Water Grouper
Other Shallow Water Grouper
If there is not a better example of the flagrant **** of our public trust resource by these EDF-funded captains for their own personal profit, I don't know what that could be.
Sleazy and dishonest, to say the least.
Also interesting to note that these same guys (SOS Plan, now CHARTER FISHERMAN'S ASSOCIATION) repeatedly claimed in the past on this site that sector separation had NOTHING to do with Catch Shares.
Now that funding has been cut for Catch Shares, it is these same guys who are fighting hard to reinstate the funding.
Liars? You make the call.
Hypocrites? Again, you make the call.
In any case, these guys have been disingenuous from the start regarding their claims and justification for Sector Separation / Catch Shares, and that is becoming more and more evident every day.
Capt. Thomas J. Hilton