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 – http://www.fisherycouncils.org/CCC/CCC.htm 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?
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).
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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
Covering ABUSIVE TRANSFER PRICING, LAY SHARE LAW, DAP PROGRAM FAILURES, CRITERIA REQUIRED FOR BETTER DAPs, COERCION OF CREWMEMBERS…
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]