Who Owns the Flying Duck? — Terry Haines, Pacific Fishing, June 2006



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Who Owns the Flying Duck?

Who owns the air? Who owns the ocean? Who owns a duck flying overhead, on his way to his summer house in the Arctic marshes?

Does everyone? Does anyone?

Legions of lobbyists are marching on Washington to join the crusade to divvy up every fish that swims within two hundred miles of the United States of America. But the government doesn’t even own the fish that it is giving away. This is the duck that hovers over the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, ready to release its payload.

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Steve Welch takes on Catch Shares & Council & Government Regulation

Commercial fisherman, Steve Welch of Plymouth, speaks against essential fish habitat proposals, and strongly opposes Catch Share mentality of regional fish council that is ruining our industry.

Provided by, then Posted here for FisheryNation.com linkage:

Groundswell notes that such anti-Catch Share feelings are common among many in Alaska, as NOAA/NMFS plunders forward on giving away national resources under a stewardship trust, as if the USA actually owned the fish inside 200-miles (which it does not!) to enrich a few sealords through government giveaways.  There is no “sharing” save for sharing chairs in the elitist 5% caste system CS’s create; or laborers sharing among 95% in the impoverished caste. Class warfare is not management of ocean stocks.

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BLUE STATE OF MIND #2 – Listen up…


Here’s the second half of the first show for listeners.  You will have to click the link below and use DOWNLOAD once in the Dropbox feature.  If you have your own Dropbox account, well you know what to do to save it across to your files.

Once downloaded, your computer should activate MediaPlayer or iTunes or some other audio program that you have Preferences set for the .m4a file extension.  Complex?  We hope not, so have a listen…


Blue State of Mind – Groundswell 2


BLUE STATE OF MIND #1 – Listen up…

smsmsmIn 2007, Shannyn Moore — the brilliant mind, clear voice of experience in Alaska fisheries, and nationwide known talk show host — fulfilled her wish to do a FISHERIES Talk Radio show on station in Anchorage, Alaska.  She had become aware of the public advocacy, and anti-corruption, efforts of the Groundswell Fisheries Movement and offered Stephen Taufen, Groundswell’s founder, a chance to go live radio.

BLUE STATE OF MIND (c) 2007  Photo Credit – Shannyn Moore site

See #4 at her MOORE UP NORTH Public TV show on fisheries, with Alaskans covering issues from the Pebble Mine to Transfer Pricing, see the link:  https://shannynmoore.wordpress.com/2009/12/12/moore-up-north-5/  Taufen was fresh out of the hospital again and bloated up with 3 gallons of extra body fluid, but ready to be there for the public… and the Groundswell advocacy.

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Hacker Tracing Underway

On your way now!

On your way now!

Let’s just say we’re active again, for you …. FISH ON!


Kodiak Lobbyist admits Groundfish Catch Shares not needed


Just Take a Trawler and Processor Lobbyist’s Advice

Friday, Jul 12, 2013 — by Stephen Taufen — printed in Mirror on Tuesday, Jul. 16.

http://kodiakdailymirror.com/view/full_story/23106503/article-Just-Take-a-Trawler-and-Processor-Lobbyist-s-Advice  (subscription required)

Open the PDF below to see copy of an upcoming post on Fishery Nation website…

KDM_Take Advice of Trawler-Processor Lobbyist-Rev4FishNation 


Kodiak’s “Big-5” Fish Processors file Rockfish catch share lawsuit #2

More on Rockfish Corruption... “The  other rockfish lawsuit” — by Andrew Jensen, Alaska Journal of Commerce

  “Trident, Ocean Beauty, Westward Seafoods, North Pacific Seafoods and
International Seafoods of Alaska sue NMFS over rockfish program. ”       

  Read more: http://www.alaskajournal.com/Alaska-Journal-of-Commerce/Fisheries/#ixzz1lb7gNya0

See other recent articles at:  http://www.alaskajournal.com/Alaska-Journal-of-Commerce/Fisheries/

THE VERY AUDACITY THAT THESE PROCESSORS HAVE A RIGHT TO SHARE IN THE RENTS OF HARVESTERS WHO CATCH FISH AND ALREADY SUFFER MARKET POWERS THAT DEPRESS FISH TICKET PRICES! DO HARVESTERS THEREFORE HAVE RIGHTS TO SHARE IN THE ECONOMIC INTERMEDIARIES’ VALUE-ADDED PROCESSING ALL THE WAY FROM DOCKSIDE TO THE RETAIL READY STAGE?!?  If they want a split of the fishermen’s “20% or less” then we want a share of their “80% or more” globally.  States and nations must also concern themselves with picking up the social costs of this increasing price-fixing around the world.  Alaska sits on its duff and plays dumb to it all, and to Abusive Transfer Pricing and the FISHRON it indicates.  At least the fishermen pay USA taxes!

While we ready an update, read this PDF to learn about the corruption inherent in the RPP (Rockfish Pilot Program) Cooperative going back over a decade, which might be insight into how the legal case will see potential intervention or amicus filings by smaller processor(s): GlobalSfds_KodiakCityWS_Nov7-2006 

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Gulf of Alaska Trawl Bycatch Destruction of Halibut & Crab Fisheries

Groundswell has posted up on YouTube a video “GOA Trawl Bycatch” for friends and associates in the central Gulf of Alaska, re Kodiak Island grounds.  Kodiak was once ‘The King Crab Capitol of the World’ and now we barely have any crab fishing – due in large part to bottom trawling, no doubt.  It’s all about massive waste and destruction that harms the ocean resources, and can be found at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YI7D7BpLsKM   Please watch it – using pause button when needed to read each slide…

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Alaska Crab Captains & Crews: Contracts Not Legally Binding?

North Pacific Fishery Management Council
206th Plenary Session – December 5-13, 2011
Anchorage Hilton Hotel

Public Comment (12/10/2011) by Stephen Taufen, Kodiak AK
C-4 BSAI Crab Stakeholder reports (5-year review issues)
(a) Crew compensation/active participation/excessive lease rates.

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Catch Shares are Illegal: aka Resource Theft – by Richard Grachek

Catch Shares Are Illegal: CATCH SHARES aka ITQ’S aka RESOURCE THEFT

A Groundswell webpost — author Richard Grachek:

Any form of quota trading leads to consolidation, as those with the deepest pockets win out.”

“The introduction of quota trading between member states could spell the end for many, if not all, of Scotland’s fishing communities.”

— Richard Lochhead, Scotland’s Environment Secretary – May 2011

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