Some New England Fishermen Consider A Fight Over Obama’s Monument—This Is Why They Should

obamaWhen the concept of the National Marine Monument arose, it was a surprise to many people, and the notion of it becoming reality seemed far fetched. This week we learned it was a reality, and it was a stinging slap in the face.

Rep Rob Bishop R-Utah tipped us off about an article titled, “Obama will leave his legacy at the expense of fishermen”, Sept, 14th, on the eve of the State Departments “Our Oceans” conference in Washington, DC. The confirmation the following day was bitter for many.

There have been hundreds of articles written in the aftermath from the enviro-friendly to the revelations of the many fishermen that will be affected, including some that say the industry will consider a legal challenge, and challenge that designation they should! Meghan Lapp, the Fisheries Liaison for Seafreeze Ltd., and is active in the process of fishery management wrote an article that appeared in the Massachusetts Lobsterman’s Association Newsletter pre-announcement of the designation.

As with all good fishery articles, it is timeless and important to be seen by as many fishermen and the general public after the fact, because it lays out the basis as to why this should be a call to action to reverse this Obama Antiquities Act overreach that, quite possibly, may not be legal at all.

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    Amber

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    Aren’t Democrats supposed to be the “workers ” party ? Fire coal workers , a promise to shut down natural gas and oil and now they attack the livelihood of fishermen .
    A Democrat promise to raise energy prices dramatically won’t get the billionaires to adjust their pool temperature but the shrinking middle and lowest incomes are effectively being told they are going to take a pay cut . Who are the Democrats representing ??? Oh that’s right a hedge fund $$billionaire . Mom and Pop
    as well as Students and the coffee shop people just can’t compete with billionaires
    buying the White House .

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      Bore Head

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      Who are the Democrats representing? The Pew Charitable Trust. Thia is one Hell of a read, and do what I do when I read these things. When I read climate change articles, I often substitute the word climate with fish. You will see how it fits the agenda of both issues.
      By Jim Hutchinson, Jr.

        Sean Treglia is a senior advisor for democracy initiatives at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication where he teaches courses on the First Amendment and ethics in journalism. In his past life, Treglia was a program officer at Pew Charitable Trusts and was responsible for issuing Pew financial grants.
        In March of 2004, Treglia gave a speech at his university in which he candidly described Pew’s goal to facilitate campaign finance reform legislation in the mid 1990’s. The trouble with the campaign finance reform movement, according to Treglia’s videotaped presentation (which can be found online at YouTube.com), was that there was no movement — it “didn’t have a constituency.” In order to give legs to that campaign, Treglia said Pew needed to jump start a crusade.
        “The idea was to create an impression that a mass movement was afoot — that everywhere they looked, in academic institutions, in the business community, in religious groups, in ethnic groups, everywhere, people were talking about reform,” Treglia said of the Pew Charitable Trust’s quest to create a campaign finance reform constituency. According to investigative journalist Rayn Sager (www.ryansager.com), ultimately, more than $140 million dollars in funding was dispensed by Pew in a 10-year span from 1994 until 2004, with various think-tanks and research foundations on the receiving end of millions in charitable Pew funding.
        Through his experience working on Capitol Hill, Treglia knew that if legislators were aware that the campaign finance reform arguments had come from research and lobbying efforts funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, it would adversely impact his efforts to get legislation off the ground. “If Congress thought this was a Pew effort, it’d be worthless,” Treglia told the audience. “In order, in essence, to convey the impression that this was something coming naturally from outside the beltway, I felt it was best that Pew stay in the background.”
        Five years later, Pew doesn’t feel as compelled to simply hide in the shadows, and the lessons learned during the faux campaign finance reform movement of the 90’s has led to a keener awareness of how to function as political puppet-master in the 21st century. In 2010, Pew Charitable Trusts has learned how to navigate around the legalese of campaign finance and lobbying laws, while supporting action, advocacy, public perception and media campaigns nationwide.
        Big oil has struck a vein, but most Americans have no idea just how deep the drill has gone.
      http://www.biggamefishingjournal.com/pew_hutch_article.html

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    JayPee

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    There is nothing to low for O’bama to stoop to that will tank the USA economy. After all, he’s been trying to do that since his inauguration.
    Remember the ” stimulus ” packages ?
    They were supposed to tank the economy but China wouldn’t let that happen because they were going to lose far more than anybody else.
    Stupid ass O’bama was following FDR’s playbook but failed to realize that the world has nowhere else to go if the American dollar is no longer the reserve currency.
    Now the moslem imposter wants to destroy the new England fishing industry while the trans-oceanic industry of Indonesia recognizes no such boundary and will deep net trawl the area unimpeded.
    But of course, none of this has anything to do with Indonesia being a moslem country.

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      Bore Head

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      $600 million to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in stimulus funds for scientific research.

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    Bore Head

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    I want to thank Climate Change Dispatch for sharing this excellent op-ed written by Meghan Lapp. As she always does when writing, she always provides verification links to back up her material.
    The astounding reason for His Highness to protect the ocean, while removing fishermen from the new shrine to his legacy, was to fight climate change.
    This was encouraged secretly by the Pew Charitable Trust, and the assorted virtuous ENGOs, through secret emails that they wanted hidden from public view to avoid tipping the opposition off.
    These are the very same groups that demand sustainable fishery’s and push the Marine Stewardship Council, and their Walmart funded Blue MSC label.
    One of the fishery’s that will be evicted, the red crab fishery is MSC certified!
    So much for that!
    All US fishery’s must be sustainable by law, under the Magnuson Stevens Fishery Conservation Act, which the circumvented to lobby the King, pretty much making a mockery of the act.
    Should the fishermen fight back? Its all they’ve known for decades.

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