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""Mr. Schwaab seems even more out of touch with the real fishing industry than his press release would indicate."

Not surprised, and these are the people that are making the decisions for us?:huh:
 

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Nils,

Good read, I was happy to see the many concerned fisherman at the rally.
I think our area was well represented as well as it wsa nice seeing you there.

It is just crazy to think they are going to shut off S. Carolina to bottom fishing.

I need to brush up on my "Catch Shares" and understand the issue better before I comment.

Thanks for posting the article here

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Nils,

Good read, I was happy to see the many concerned fisherman at the rally.
I think our area was well represented as well as it wsa nice seeing you there.

It is just crazy to think they are going to shut off S. Carolina to bottom fishing.

I need to brush up on my "Catch Shares" and understand the issue better before I comment.

Thanks for posting the article here

Captn Joe
Joe check out how many fisherman "catch shares" put out of business in your stomping grounds.
 

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glad to see you and Bert there, we definately got to go fishing together again. Yeah Kodiak got hit hard, I spoke with that woman for ten minutes or so. She moved to Kodiak the same year I was living there, 1981. SHe knew some of the people I still know there. Captn Joe
 

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Nils... did not get to meet you but it's an article like this that makes me scratch my head about the politicians in attendance let alone Eric Scwaab, something just does not register right with his appointment (1 year in the making and previous positions and employment):


By DON CUDDY

February 12, 2010 12:00 AM

NEW BEDFORD — Local fishing advocates said they were upset by news that Eric Schwaab, a natural resources manager from Maryland, has been named to head the National Marine Fisheries Services, beating out local candidate Brian Rothschild.

"It's a big disappointment with all that's going on in the industry at the moment and the problems with catch shares and overzealous enforcement," said Richie Canastra, co-owner of the Whaling City Seafood Display Auction. "We're not getting someone familiar with the Northeast or with experience in multi-species fisheries."

Canastra pointed out that there were originally two finalists: "Brian and the guy from Alaska (Arne Fuglvog) and, when he bowed out and Brian was left, they appointed a temporary guy. I believe they viewed Brian as a threat."

The candidacy of Rothschild — former dean of SMAST and the Montgomery Charter Professor of Marine Sciences and Technology at UMass Dartmouth — had been strongly backed by Congressman Barney Frank and New Bedford Mayor Scott W. Lang, as well as leading industry figures.

"We had hoped that Dr. Rothschild would be appointed since he understands the socioeconomic impact of the fishery regulations," Lang said Thursday. "Mr. Schwaab needs to build trust quickly. But we're keeping an open mind and we're inviting him to a fisheries summit that we're planning to host here at the beginning of March."

Frank's reaction was characteristically forthright. "Dr. Rothschild was clearly the best possible guy, but he's been right too many times and he makes them nervous," he said. "Now I'm nervous. I don't know this guy, but this makes me more and more determined to revise the Magnuson Act. I'm building a coalition of Atlantic Coast people from Maine to South Carolina to revise the act and build in more flexibility."

For his part, Bob Vanasse, executive director of Saving Seafood, a group that represents the interests of the seafood industry, said, "It's no secret that hundreds of people in the business supported Dr. Rothschild's candidacy in writing.

"We need more transparency and better communication between fishermen and regulators," Vanasse said. But he added that he views it as a "positive sign" that Schwaab appeared on radio station WBSM barely 24 hours after he was named to the post.

Schwaab's appointment was officially announced Thursday by Jane Lubchenco, the top administrator at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Lubchenco came under fire last month, following a scathing report by the U.S. Interior Department's inspector general that cited heavy-handed and arbitrary enforcement of fishing regulations, especially in the Northeast.

While not apologizing, Lubchenco earlier this week issued a statement pledging specific improvements in fisheries enforcement.

Asked how he felt about being passed over for the position, Rothschild was diplomatic.

"Mostly I am disappointed that it took them more than a year to make a decision," he said Thursday, noting that Schwaab had called him personally Wednesday.

"I worked with him on oysters in Maryland. I wish him the best," Rothschild said. "He's facing a terrific challenge, and I'm hopeful that he can solve some of the problems that face the industry.

"Hopefully, he can get people to work together because right now you have the fishery island, the conservation island and the regulatory island."

In 2007, Rothschild was praised by NOAA as "one of the most cited fishery scientists in the world," when he won its sustainable fisheries leadership award for his contributions to marine science and education. He spent a decade working for NOAA as a policy adviser and director of several offices, with research expertise that includes population dynamics, biological oceanography, fisheries management and natural resources policy.

Schwaab, who at different times has served as director of the Maryland Forest Service, director of the Maryland Forest, Wildlife and Heritage Service and director of the Maryland Fisheries Service, will take over from temporary appointee Jim Balsiger on Feb. 16.

According to a press release from NOAA, his immediate priorities include improving relationships with fishermen and restoring confidence in fisheries law enforcement, an apparent reference to a recent report from the Inspector General's Office critical of NMFS enforcement practices.
 

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Nils,
Thank you for your dedication to the future fisherman of America. I read Al Gore's recent article in the NYT. He talks about us being the criminal generation who failed to act. What an insult. He wants to add a 200lb sack of lead to our children's backs with his warming tax. He is the criminal. NMFS are criminals. You, a Saint. I like to ride with Saints.:thumbsup:
 

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Nils,
Thank you for your dedication to the future fisherman of America. I read Al Gore's recent article in the NYT. He talks about us being the criminal generation who failed to act. What an insult. He wants to add a 200lb sack of lead to our children's backs with his warming tax. He is the criminal. NMFS are criminals. You, a Saint. I like to ride with Saints.:thumbsup:
Criminals? Yes they are. Can they be brought to task for blatant violations and disregard of provisions in the MSA regarding community impact. If not why not. These federal desk jokeys get a regular paycheck to uphold the law. 5000 of us should rally in front of nymph & noaa HQ with bullhorns demanding the criminals inside surrender to federal marshalls. Let a fed prosecuter bring this case to fed court. :fighting:
 
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