Alaska regional fish council to host coordination committee May 19-21, 2010

UPDATED Monday, May 10, 2010

MAJOR QUESTION: Will the NPFMC lend its LiveWeb Meeting broadcast tools to this gathering and let Alaskans and the Nation at least listen in?  If not, why not!!!  Isn’t the NPFMC a trendsetter in FMPs and fish policy and web access, or not?  Reminder:  We’re the taxed masses paying for it all, anyway.

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council is going to host all of the nation’s regional fishery management councils leaders in Anchorage from May 19-21, 2010.  The Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization Act established the Council Coordination Committee (CCC) which holds two annual meetings, one hosted by a RFMC (regional fishery management council).  We haven’t seen any public notification of this meeting and the clock is ticking…  UPDATE 5/10/10: we’re getting the council run around about this, as notice in the Federal Register is hardly a region wide notice to the Public!  Aren’t there federal meeting laws being skirted here?  Or can we as taxpayers deny them their silver platter meals and dessert trays that we pay for?

Apparently public oral and written comments may be allowed…. so stay tuned.  NOAA is required to give adequate public notice, as well.  UPDATE 5/10: They will decide on the first day about public input procedures and if any public input will be taken… With all the henhouse guards being foxes, how can the Public ever get even a mere cluck in at the Thalassocratic World of NOAA Fisheries?

UPDATE: Monday, May 10, 2010 – is where to find the CCC agenda… a hive mind website, as it is still not on the official NOAA site below. 

Wedn., May 19th has a 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. item for “CATCH SHARE IMPLEMENTATION PLAN – Status of NOAA Policy and Potential Workshops.”  The presenter will be Mark Holliday.  Will there be any chairs available in the nosebleed section for the media and starving public?

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GCOA Rockfish continues species-by-species march of Privatization

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 for the agenda and related documents).


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NOAA Fisheries asks U.S. government to pay for robbing itself!

NOAA Fisheries wants the U.S. House Appropriations subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State  and related Affairs to give them $54 million – to get 37 or so Catch Share programs in place in the next few years, across the USA.  Again, Catch Shares are headed toward converting public commonwealth into private rights for a select few who are lobbying Congress.  Oh the hypocrisy of it all…. consider this insight:
NOAA’s budget request for $54 million for Catch Shares (to create private fish rights for a few) is essentially asking the U.S. government itself to pay for all the costs of those few who want to rob the USA of public resources in fisheries, … while those of us who want to tell the truth and preserve public privileges to fish and opportunities for future fishermen are getting paid zero, and thousands of us will lose our livelihoods and watch our communities be destroyed.  Yet NOAA says it is doing this for the communities and fishermen of America.  Dear Congressman or Senator, “What is wrong with this picture?”  – Ray Metcalfe (who largely helped convince the FBI to go after Ted Stevens), a former Alaska legislator (and founder of the former Republican Moderate Party of Alaska) who ran as a Democrat (but lost)  in the 2006 Alaska senate race primary (hoping to face Ted in the election).

Alaska appeals Carlson Case on Out-of-State Commercial Fishing Fees

March 24, 2010 — The Alaska Attorney General’s office issued a Press Release today, on its appeal of the 1984-2008 Carlson case involving up to $82 million in non-resident fees for commercial fishing licenses that may have to be paid out to plaintiffs and attorneys by the State of Alaska.

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Kodiak King Salmon Derby – Raffle Tickets Available

400 Raffle tickets at $50.00 each are currently being sold for an April 30 drawing.  See the Blogsroll for more on the 501 (c)(3) non-profit Kodiak King Salmon Sportfishing Tournament and organization.

On display at Warner Tire’s location on Mill Bay Road, Kodiak, the Prize is a Yamaha Grizzly 500 FI Auto, 4×4 EPS Special edition ATV.  All proceeds will go to prize money for the 2010 King Salmon Tournament, May 15 to July 31 at Kodiak Island.

NOAA Administrator Schwaab Schwimms Slowly at Oversight Hearing

Well fishfolk – just a quick note, after the House Oversight hearing on Catch Shares concluded moments ago.  New NOAA Administrator Eric Schwaab tread water for a long time, as the tide was taking him out, delaying any real substantive conversation.  His use of the word SYSTEMIC was interesting, with the references to economics and market transactions,  as Groundswell knows no more important System-wide problem that has yet to be addressed in the Economic Structure of the seafood industry than the billions lost annually to ABUSIVE TRANSFER PRICING.

We will note that the general consensus among the committee was for more hearings, from the opening shock of $54 million Lubchenco’s NOAA wants to devote to Catch Shares to the parting shot of how there’s no market left if shares can be sold to investors, claimed in court divorce and property settlements, or gobbled up by investors.  For now, schwim on little fishes, as the big fishes are still wanting to gobble you up…

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Catch Share Oversight Hearing: Crewman’s Assn. Comment 3/16/10

The Kodiak-based CREWMAN’S ASSOCIATION sent multi-species fisherman and vessel owner Shawn Dochtermann to Washington D.C. to attend Tuesday’s U.S. House Resources’ subcommittee meeting, of Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife.  Below is the body of his main public comments submitted for the official record regarding CATCH SHARES and their flaws. 

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Alaska Governor Parnell Makes North Pacific Fish Council Nominations

Groundswell Alert to Commerce Secretary Gary Locke:  Matt Moir is an employee acting as an “agent of influence” for a Japanese-corporately owned seafood company in Kodiak and it is unconscionable that the Governor failed to remove him from this list.  For decades, such Foreign-Controlled Corporations have stolen hundreds of millions of dollars per year from Alaska’s fisheries by using the illicit accounting techniques of Abusive Transfer Pricing, to bleed off revenues across borders.  

News Release:

Governor Makes Nominations for North Pacific Fishery Management Council

 March 15, 2010, Juneau, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell forwarded his nominations of Duncan Fields of Kodiak and James Hubbard of Seward for consideration by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce for seats on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC). The governor also forwarded Sam Cotten of Eagle River and Matt Moir of Kodiak as alternate nominees.

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Catch Share Oversight Hearing: Groundswell – Taufen’s Comment 3/16/10

111th U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources – Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife

March 16, 2010 — Public Comment by:  Stephen Taufen, Groundswell Fisheries Movement


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House Oceans Oversight Hearing: CATCH SHARES – Mar. 16 10:00 hrs. EST

The House Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife, led by Del. Madeleine Z. Bordallo (D-GU), will hold an oversight hearing on “Catch Shares as a Management Option: Criteria for Ensuring Success.

Subject: House Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife Oversight Hearing on “Catch Shares as a Management Option: Criteria for Ensuring Success”

When: Tuesday, March 16, 2010, at 10:00 a.m.  [0600 hrs. AST]

The hearing will be webcast live on the Committee’s Web site at:

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