Just Take a Trawler and Processor Lobbyist’s Advice
Friday, Jul 12, 2013 — by Stephen Taufen — printed in Mirror on Tuesday, Jul. 16.
Open the PDF below to see copy of an upcoming post on Fishery Nation website…
“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. ”
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
Species-by-Species March to Privatize Public Commons of Fisheries Continues … by robbing small processors and crewmembers, as
Alaska “rationalization” programs pave the way for “Catch Share” public larcenies nationwide.
June 3, 2010 – Back in 2000, corrupt ex-U.S. senator Ted Stevens of Alaska legislatively set in motion a conspiracy to defraud the U.S.A. of its public commonwealth in the multi-species fisheries of the Gulf of Alaska groundfish complex. Equally corrupt, in 2006 ex-U.S. congressman Richard Pombo of California joined in to extend a pilot program for GOA Rockfish for the same special interests, and Ted conveniently slipped it into the Senate bill Reauthorizing the Magnuson-Stevens Act.
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council has proven unstoppable in promoting GOA Rockfish privatization, despite all its legal problems, and the revision regime goes to Final Action in Sitka, Alaska next week. And like for Crab Ratz, nowhere in any of the options is a recognition and protection options for the historical participation of the crew who traditionally got 30 to 40% of the trip settlements.
The April meeting of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council begins next week in Anchorage. Here’s Groundswell’s public comment on the Central Gulf of Alaska (GCOA) Rockfish Program. It is part of the groundfisheries Limited Access Privilege programs that continue the species-by-species march to giveaway public resources to a few who would get rich quick off the backs of U.S. citizen-taxpayers. NOAA is more interested in funding these giveaways than in doing the good science, proper observer coverage and other research, and one has to wonder, “Why?” Or rather, “For whom?” Because it certainly is not for the Nation and our communities and workers. (see http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/npfmc/ for the agenda and related documents).