Amen!!!:thumbsup:Get outta here with your garbage, you are the enemy of fishing. Soooo sick of all of you minions pushing your bullshit. Stop taking advantage of the ignorant folks that think you are actually helpful to fishing.
Stripers Forever = Coastal Conservation Association
Don't fall for their lies.
Well said. Hand constantly in the cookie jar.I'm all for catch and release, hell I rarely keep any but I will once and a while for dinner. My original post HAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH THE HEALTH OR NUMBERS OF THE BASS FISHERY! That's a different topic that certainly should be talked about. This garbage has to do with all of these "foundations" and so called "non profit" groups that are all affiliated with PEW and all the environuts. Fisherman need to understand that these group have ZERO interest in you and your "right" to fish and preserving fish (rightfully so) rather they operate under the guise of being 'on your side' to push their anti-fishing agendas all the while with there slimy hands out collecting handout and donations from fisherman that they are screwing over pretending to be working in their better interests. Take a good look into these organizations, follow the money then tell me who they are working for....It ain't us.
I respect and appreciate all your work and commitment you invest into fisheries! You have a few years on meI've done my homework on Stripers Froever and some positions they take I don't agree with BUT they were founded by FISHERMEN and run by Fishermen not lobbyist . There is no perfect organization but as far as stripers go there needs to be a voice for the recreational fishermen... Commercial influence on regulations is well organized and effective,Recreational efforts are splinterd ...Leading up to the shutdown there was only one voice BOB POND for the recreational fishermen trying to counter the efforts of those who were arguing there was no problem..Stripers Forever is a off shoot of Bob Pond's efforts...As I said don't agree with everything.......I also did a search and can find no money coming from Environmentilst like PEW
Amen. And thank you for posting.I respect and appreciate all your work and commitment you invest into fisheries! You have a few years on me
Striper forever = CCA.
I see no mention made of how striped bass, for that matter all saltwater species, are managed with respect to the law. The Magnuson Stevens Act, the ultimate law by which all fisheries are managed, is foremost at issue with what Stripers Forever is attempting. By law, all fisheries must be managed to MSY, which stands for “maximum sustainable yield,” which means, by law, fish must be used, or caught, or at least be managed in a way that is likely to lead to them being caught. So, what Stripers Forever isn’t saying is that if a state were to make striped bass a gamefish, that the managers would then have to re-allocate the commercial quota elsewhere, either to other states with open commercial fisheries or to the recreational sector. There is no language in the law that allows for fish to be kept out of the equation, so to speak.
Stripers Forever knows this, but they don’t mention it. They aren’t really seeking to save stripers, they are merely seeking to remove an undesirable and competitive factor in the fishery, in order that the recreational industry would expand, and the very fish that they claim to be saving would just be caught, but by their clients.
About Stripers Forever, they are really the Coastal Conservation Association. CCA is backed by big oil. In fact, their founder, Walter Fondren Jr., was the head of Exxon. This group, Stripers Forever, is headed by a man named Brad Burns, who founded the Maine Chapter of CCA in 1991. Make no mistake, CCA and SF are really the same. In almost every area CCA is well established, they have funded and assisted sympathetic political candidates, who will streamline permitting and take down impediments to coastal development. This has led to losses of sensitive coastal habitats, and the resources CCA claims to be championing, have declined.
SF and CCA aren’t really trying to conserve anything. Rather, they are trying to and have reallocated resources to their contributors.
Pew plays the shell game, PEW gives to several NGO's (non-governmental organizations) front groups that in turn give to other front groups that in turn give to the CCA. That way Pew can launder the money and try to keep out of the loop of money given. But it does come from Pew tagged to the CCA after its has been attempted to be laundered by other NGO's as not coming from PEW.
Since PEW has been outed as anti-fishing, PEW is trying to hide their money donation trail because they do not want to taint the other organizations that PEW is funding. Anyone who fronts for those organizations that take back door millions from PEW in exchange for a good recommendation for a Council seat is a sellout to the honest recreational cause.
Write the CCA and ask where their funding comes from and they will not tell you., they will brush you off. Now why is that? Why is the CCA not upfront on where their funding comes from? Because they don't want anyone to really see where all of their funding comes from. If they were proud of where all of their funding comes from they would have no problem showing the public where the CCA funding comes from. Isn't it just a tad bit suspicious that CCA does not want you to know where all of their funding comes from? You better believe it is. What is the CCA hiding?
PEW funded Organizations:
-The Ocean Conservancy
-The Audubon Society
-Environmental Defense Fund
-Save The Manatee Club
-World Wildlife Fund
-Clean Ocean Action
-Teddy Roosevelt Conservation Coalition (of which CCA, The Billfish Foundation are members. Nice, huh?)
Now why does PEW back door fund these organizations like the CCA?
"THE PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS"
"Before submitting a letter of inquiry about partnering with us, you should first review the Program Priorities area that most directly matches your proposed project. Please be aware that our investments are highly focused, making support very unlikely for activities that do not closely match our program goals."
Notice on the PEW website that in order to be funded by PEW like the CCA is funded, PEW's support is very unlikely unless the CCA's activities closely match Pew's program goals. And we know what PEW anti-fishing goals are. And CCA taking money from PEW now PEW goals are CCA goals. And since CCA knows if this gets out it it not a good reflection on the CCA so the CCA uses the misleading bogus press and news releases to cover their tracks.
SF intentions to be good little CCA minions and vote the way the CCA wants them to vote. And anyone who fronts, spins and/or apologizes for this guise and pretext is disingenuous and dishonest.
PEW is invested in the CCA and Pew expects a return on Pew's investment in the CCA no sound science anti-recreational fishing votes are giving PEW a return on PEW's investment in the CCA.
The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership is particularly worrisome. It is attempting to become an umbrella group for sportsman’s organizations and has attracted the participation of some fishing organizations with the lure of Pew money. The American Sportfishing Association and the Coastal Conservation Association and Stripers Forever are among the board members of the Partnership.