February 16, 2011 – Recreational Fishing Alliance News Release: blasts the NOAA & Environmental Defense Fund push for Catch Shares by noting again that if the Agency can’t fund these Public Larcenies, it can’t commit them. The heart of Catch Shares is privatizing once Public Commonwealth – and in order to do that, NOAA must first destruct local sustainable fishery economies. The result will be the implementation of “high rents” for those few who get to own the quota shares (Catch Shares) as tradeable properties; and to take existing independent businesses and turn them into mere wage earners. This corporate-serving “rationalization” model has served the greedy well for over 150 years, worldwide. But here, now, it is time to take a vital industry and finally say NO! Below is a FishNet email content, then the RFA presser… thanks to Nils, Amanda and all… But we’ll have to do something ‘repo’ about Alaska, too…
WASHINGTON – Feb. 16, 2011 – Congressman Walter Jones (R-NC) has filed an anti-catch shares amendment to H.R. 1 – the Fiscal Year 2011 Continuing Resolution which will fund the federal government through the remainder of Fiscal Year 2011 (i.e. September 30, 2011). Amendment #548 was printed in the Congressional Record today. The amendment would prohibit NOAA from spending any money on the development and approval of new catch share programs in fisheries under the jurisdiction of the Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, Mid-Atlantic and New England Fishery Management Councils.
It does NOT affect anything on the West Coast or Alaska. This amendment could come up for floor consideration, and potentially a vote, this evening or tomorrow.
Mr. Jones asks industry members who support his amendment to contact their Members of Congress in the House of Representatives and urge them to support the Jones Amendment #548 to block funding for catch shares.
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