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Federal takeover of our coastal fishing and marine resources?


Are we headed for a Fishing Czar telling us Bubba's where we can fish?



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Feb 24 "United We Fish" Rally in Washington DC
click here for the ESPN article
March 10, 2010
News and Commentary

It looks like we are in for another Federal power grab. This time those of us who like to boat and fish appear to be the victims of this effort to expand the Federal bureaucracy's control over coastal waters to include what some fear would be Federal control of recreational and commercial fishing in our coastal waters and even inland water if they think what goes on upstream impacts the coastal waters.

Ever heard of CMSP? We hadn't either until we read an ESPN Outdoors piece by Robert Montgomery.

So we did some research and what we found scares us to the point we've considered selling our boat and wonder if we're going to have to get rid of our fishing gear. We suspect the beer companies are equally uneasy about what lies in store.

It seems that President Obama has appointed a group called the Ocean Policy Task Force. The original idea was to plan Federal policy related to ocean fishing. But on December 14, 2009 the Task Force issued its Interim Report entitled: Interim Framework for Effective Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning.

You can find on page 5 what this "framework" will effect:
The ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes are home to and support myriad important human uses. CMSP provides an effective process to better manage a range of social, economic, and cultural uses, including:

• Aquaculture (fish, shellfish, and seaweed farming)

• Commerce and Transportation (e.g. cargo and cruise ships, tankers, and ferries)

• Commercial Fishing

• Environmental/Conservation (e.g., marine sanctuaries, reserves, national parks, and wildlife refuges)

• Maritime Heritage and Archeology

• Mining (e.g., sand and gravel)

• Oil and Gas Exploration and Development

• Ports and Harbors

• Recreational Fishing

• Renewable Energy (e.g., wind, wave, tidal, current, and thermal)

• Other Recreation (e.g., boating, beach access, swimming, nature and whale watching, and diving)

• Scientific Research and Exploration

• Security, Emergency Response, and Military Readiness Activities

• Tourism

• Traditional Hunting, Fishing, and Gathering
Did they miss anything?

Did you pick up on "commercial fishing" and "recreational fishing"?

Anybody out there see Federal fishing licenses coming?

If you can think of anything that this "framework" would not include then check out the box on Page 3 (6 of the pdf file) and see if there is anything you can think of that would not be included. Don't overlook the "flood prevention" if you live in one of our CAMA counties.

The idea is that another Federal bureaucracy would be created by Presidential Executive Order that would implement a policy of comprehensive "spatial planning" of the nation's territorial waters off shore, but on page 9 of the report (page 12 of the pdf file) we find:
The geographic scope would include inland bays and estuaries in both coastal and Great Lakes settings. Inclusion of inland bays and estuaries is essential because of the significant ecological, social, and economic linkages between these areas with offshore areas. Additional inland areas may be included in the planning area as the regional planning bodies, described in Section IX below, deem appropriate. Regardless, consideration of inland activities would be necessary to account for the significant interaction between upstream activities and ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes uses and ecosystem health. Likewise, consideration should also be given to activities occurring beyond the EEZ that may influence resources or activities within the EEZ.
In another section they talk about meshing the CMSP with existing state, regional and local planning agencies. Presumably, for North Carolina that would include the Coastal Resources Commission, Wildlife Resources Commission, Marine Fisheries Commission, and the Army Corps of Engineers.

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Rep Walter B. Jones, D-NC3
Some of our readers will remember a few years ago the Congress passed a law giving the Army Corps of Engineers control over navigable waters. Navigable waters ended up being called "blue line streams." One such "blue line stream" is the ditch behind the Hiram Masonic Lodge on 5th St in downtown Washington. The ditch is not navigable even for a duck most days. Yet the Federal government controls what can be done with the ditch.

If all that's not reason enough to scare the daylights out of you, we give up.

The Beaufort Observer asked Rep. Walter B. Jones, Jr. for his comment on this matter and here is what Mr. Jones had to say: ""I am very concerned about the Administration's proposal for marine spatial planning, particularly its potential impact on commercial and recreational fishing. Along with government-run health care and cap and trade, this appears to be another front in the Administration's systematic effort to expand the size and scope of federal government control, and that is something I strongly oppose."

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    I gave up fishing long ago.
    March 09, 2010 | 05:30 PM

    When you could no longer use explosives it just wasn't fun anymore.

    Randy from Washington
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    Presidential Executive Orders
    March 09, 2010 | 07:13 PM

    With all the executive orders, it seems that Congress and Sentate and becoming so they are no longer needed. Executive orders = dictator. Is this not the way Hilter started?

    No name
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    March 10, 2010 | 09:59 AM

    Welcome to the nightmare world of "king barry I"...the "little king" wants to be the "Big Kahuna", and nothing, (repeat NOTHING) is going to stand in his way "if he can help it"!!!



    Anonymous
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    This Has Happened Before...
    March 10, 2010 | 10:23 AM

    I had a saltwater aquarium business for 10 years, made a good living. I had a diver in Florida catching native species and collecting live rock (RUBBLE from the reefs). The WWF and other environmentalist whackos lobbied the Florida legislature in the early 1990s with FALSE data claiming the aquarium industry was destroying the Florida coral reefs (in reality, the entire industry was collecting about 1% of what the oceans actually produced each year). The Florida legislature banned all collection of live rock from the Florida reefs, and an entire industry died. My diver moved on to arranging fishing expeditions out in international waters.
    They killed my business and his, and now they will kill his new business as well.
    Thank you, liars in the environmental movement. And thanks also to the cowards who enable them to enshrine such lunacies as making the oceans off-limits to people making a living.

    J Pousson
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    IT'S ALL ABOUT THE AFL-CIO
    March 10, 2010 | 10:42 AM

    Every move Obama & Co. make is aimed at increasing the number of Federal Bureaucrats on the Federal payroll. The largest union in the AFL-CIO is the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), with more than a million members. There is a reason why SEIU president Andy Stern is, according to the visitor's log, the most frequent visitor to the Obama White House. Big Labor killed U.S. industry. Now Big Labor (AFL-CIO) is killing U.S. government. Look up Executive Order #10988 signed in 1962 by JFK for a few more eye-popping facts about how Big Labor rides on the back of the U.S. taxpayer. A new bureaucracy to police private citizens fishing along the coastline? Another million AFL-CIO bureaucrats. Mr. Obama is ALL about Socialist Labor. Period.

    withbothfeet
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    March 10, 2010 | 10:44 AM

    I particularly like the "traditional, fishing, hunting, and gathering" part. That will rile up the Native American/Indian population like nothing else will. BTW...what does hunting have to do with coastal waters, anyway?

    Catherine Zaring
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    Fishy in N.C.
    March 10, 2010 | 12:00 PM

    N.C. helped put this man and his party in power. You helped to make this nightmare happen and you're reaping it. Quit voting for anyone who would support this nonsense. Guess you can add my relatives to the list of those who have lost their livlihood under the Democratic party who some continue to believe is for the working man. Like heck they are.

    Tarheel Texas
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    March 10, 2010 | 12:20 PM

    Federal Saltwater License already begins this year. Are you REALLY a reporter? GEEZ!

    http:/www.countmyfish.noaa.gov

    Steve
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    Federal Takeover Of Fishing
    March 10, 2010 | 03:39 PM

    Was it me or were the comments from Walter Jones read off a teleprompter? His statement didn't offer a whole lot of, warm fuzzy feelings, did it?

    michael loehrer
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    Gov
    March 10, 2010 | 04:50 PM

    Take a look at the Governments track record. Social Security was sold on never would or could the funds be accessed by Congress. Now look at it - and they won’t us to entrust them with a massive Health Care program. 50 more years and liberty will cease to exist, only taxes and the robbing of ones life energy. Government…. get the hell out of our lives! If you thing big business, insurance companies and CEO’s are ripping us off, just see what the Congress can do.

    RWP
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    Gov
    March 10, 2010 | 04:50 PM

    Take a look at the Governments track record. Social Security was sold on never would or could the funds be accessed by Congress. Now look at it - and they won’t us to entrust them with a massive Health Care program. 50 more years and liberty will cease to exist, only taxes and the robbing of ones life energy. Government…. get the hell out of our lives! If you thing big business, insurance companies and CEO’s are ripping us off, just see what the Congress can do.

    RWP
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    Mrs. Anne Marie Lewandowski
    March 11, 2010 | 07:45 AM

    I am deeply saddened by this administration's systematic takeover of our everyday lives, not to mention our money. Who do they think is going to pay for all of this legislation. A dollar only goes so far. We can't even catch an 18.5" flounder in the Delarware bay as it is. Leave us alone.


    Anne Marie Lewandowski
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    Mrs. Anne Marie Lewandowski
    March 11, 2010 | 07:45 AM

    I am deeply saddened by this administration's systematic takeover of our everyday lives, not to mention our money. Who do they think is going to pay for all of this legislation. A dollar only goes so far. We can't even catch an 18.5" flounder in the Delarware bay as it is. Leave us alone.


    Anne Marie Lewandowski
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    To: LEAVE US ALONE. America began under a self-regulating people
    March 11, 2010 | 12:03 PM

    Few laws are required to manage a country full of self-regulating citizens. Why were the original Americans self-regulating? Because they were religious. Those who were Christians followed the teachings to "do unto others as you would have them do unto you." They willingly followed many unwritten rules such as "Turning the other cheek" rather than resort to violence. And it goes on and on.
    Of course as the radicals removed God from Americans we are left with citizens who won't self regulate. Therefore more and more laws are needed to managed Society. Hence BIG GOVT. who WON'T Leave us Alone.
    STOP EATING THAT SALT!!

    America's Greatness exist because it followed the teachings of a good and forgiving God. Without it, we have the laws of man. We become Russia.

    Puddingtane
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    The proposed regulation is too invasive.
    March 11, 2010 | 12:06 PM

    Please rethink this legislation. It is entirely inappropriate and unnecessary. Some legislation may be needed to better control commercial fishing off out coasts but most of the other things proposed are unnecessary and an infringement on the rights of we the citizens..

    Gary Nelson
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    Fed up with the Feds
    March 11, 2010 | 12:14 PM

    I like the Libertarian party. Minimal government is their primary philosophy. I like that. Think we will ever break the two party system though?

    CR from Cincinnati
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    Obama is a dictator
    March 12, 2010 | 07:09 AM

    OBAMA IS A DICTATOR - That is all.

    Noir
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    March 12, 2010 | 02:46 PM

    I hope that the idiots we've mistakenly elected to run this Country remember this in Nov. I hope the American people have enough sense and good memory to empty Congress and start all over. Our present government is a disgrace. I no longer have any respect, trust or belief in anything they say or do.

    Phil Cook
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    Laws are "Permanent"
    March 12, 2010 | 03:51 PM

    Size limit for Stripped bass keep going up. The initial law was enacted to preserve the spawn size fish. That is a good thing however there are so many strippers in the sound now if they were to float to the surface you could walk to Connecticut without getting your feet wet! But we still can't bring home enough to feed the family!

    "Don't tread on me"
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    Biologist
    March 12, 2010 | 05:01 PM

    This is utterly absurd. Came to America 37 years ago to enjoy the very things that are now less available to us than in restricted countries. Time to wake up & smell the coffee. Hopefully the federal underwater cameras will catch those swimmers releaving themselves in the ocean as well. Hence no alcohol at the beach.

    Alok Chatterjie
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    Comrades in Washington D.C., Cesspoole, of the USA
    March 16, 2010 | 01:29 PM

    Stay out of our countrys business and our personal rights. Keep bad guys, domestic and foreign, in and out of our country from screwing with us.

    Thomas F. Burnickas, A real American ,born n bre
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    R.I.P America
    March 17, 2010 | 10:40 AM

    Need I say more?

    "Educate our youth of this horror we have electe
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