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U.S. Coastal Fishermen to Rally in DC March 21

“Keep Fishermen Fishing” Organizers Unite to Fix Federal Fisheries Law


In another historic show of solidarity, U.S. recreational and commercial fishermen will gather beside the U.S. Capitol on
March 21, 2012 in an organized demonstration supporting the amendment of the Magnuson Stevens Fisheries Conservation
and Management Act (Magnuson Act). Signed into law in 1976, in recent years the Act has been transformed from its original
intent, to conserve our nation’s fish and support our nation’s fishermen, into a weapon employed by a handful of megafoundations
and the anti-fishing ENGOs they support to drive fishermen off the water.

A rally on February 24, 2010, under a United We Fish™ banner, brought some 5,000 recreational, commercial and
party/charter vessel owners and folks in associated businesses from all over the country to Washington. More than two dozen
members of the Senate and the House of Representatives took time out from their busy schedules to address the crowd.
The March 21 rally is being billed as Keep Fishermen Fishing, and once again will unite the commercial, and recreational
sectors under one common message: fair access to the seas.

The initial Washington rally was a monumental success that helped put the plight of America’s coastal fisherman and those in
related businesses in the public eye. However, a continuous stream of regulatory requirements are leading to unnecessary and
unacceptable restrictions in demonstrably sustainable fisheries.

As a consequence, the American public is being denied access to the food and fun of this tremendous natural resource.
Most U.S. fisheries are in better shape biologically than they’ve been for a generation or more. In fact, last year NOAA
Fisheries scientists announced that 84% of U.S. fish stocks studied for fishing activity were not experiencing overfishing as of
2010. However, despite the heavy sacrifices on the part of coastal fishermen, the same federal agency in charge of managing
the resource has been using a broken law to mete out broken promises upon these constituents to ratchet down regulations as
fisheries continue to rebuild.

In December 2011, the House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing in which several pieces of legislation to reform
Magnuson were heard and debated, providing ample evidence that coastal communities are suffering from the weight of over
burdensome regulation due to the rigid statutory definitions written into the federal fisheries law.

As was the case in 2010, we are anticipating foundation-funded ENGO lobbying disguised as a grass-roots fishermen’s effort
aimed at marginalizing our Keep Fishermen Fishing rally. The message that they will be relaying to Congress is that truly
conservation-minded recreational, commercial and party/charter fishermen fully support the Magnuson Act as it is today and
oppose any efforts to amendment it. The truly conservation-minded fishermen won’t be those walking the halls of Congress
trying to sell their anti-fishing message because of foundation/ENGO funding, they’ll be the people who are there on their own
dime and who are committed to returning to a federal fisheries management system that recognizes that they and the fishing
communities they support are as important as the fish are.

Final details of the 2012 Keep Fishermen Fishing rally are being put in place, including transportation from coastal
communities across the country.

For information on how you can get involved in the national rally to help Keep Fishermen Fishing, call 888-564-6732. For more information on the rally as it becomes available, including bus sign-up information and details from the 2010 rally, visit http://www.keepfishermenfishing.com. You can also stay up to date with developments via “Keep Fishermen Fishing” on Facebook and we will soon have a Twitter feed as well.
 

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If you guys keep sitting on your asses that will be the only thing left for you to do if they get their way!

Support this so we can fish!!! :thumbsup:

 

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Nils
Thanks for posting this. I am so fed up
with our current regs and the way all fishermen
are being screwed,

Of course you have my full support

Captn Joe
 

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Yesterday I spoke with both Nils Stolpe and
Capt Tony Bogan. This is continuation of
Group's effort in 2010. We have a different name
This time ( due to web agrees issues)

I am fully in support of this effort once again.
I know we got attention with the last Washington Rally
And it is critical - to once again show our unity and resolve
to Washington before they completely strip
our freedom to fish in our ocean's.:fighting:

More to come! We will post travel arrangements
Info as soon as the busses have been secured

Captn Joe Sullivan
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I will be there with bells on Capt. Joe! :thumbsup:

With this much notice before the rally date, I don't see how a true fisherman who cares about our fishing future would miss this! :naughty:

We are losing more and more fishing opportunities each year. Without the support from the whole fishing community they will keep taking more away from us because they think only a few care. Lets prove them wrong!

This rally is only one day that can make a BIG difference for our future! Please be there. ;)
 

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Hey Rocky
It is always nice to know you support our cause 100% After all, you suffer as much as I do from not being allowed to fish for Sea Bass in the winter time.

I know people get sick and tired of me complaining about this, but I am really really pissed off they did this to us, - They did it for one reason for one reason only, because they could!

They have systematically put Party Boats and Charter Boats on the edge of losing their business or have already done so.

We have paid the price alreaqy, we are asking for them to consider fisherman in the management process.

We also have a battle for access to the resource itself.

ENGO are well funded and organized and misinform the congress people in Washington. When they look out their windows and see "we the People" and it is a whole different story.

I will post the recent RFA letter about recent actions and results from our last Protest Rally, and yes it made a difference.

Captn Joe - Three years on the beach with no winter Sea Bassing
 

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I had a dream,

how about all of us with trailerable boats show up to drive around the city
with protest signs. Now that would make the news.

Yes we need to show up at this rally and I have been drumming up lots of support here at the boat show.

Two years ago this rally did accomplish results, - we are simply not finished.

We will lose our right to fish as we were bortn with if we let these ENGO's havetheir way in Congress.
 
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