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.

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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.

The regulations are getting so thick, as many noted, that soon new vessels will have to be built with a spare office/bunk room for a regulatory officer and the reams of government paperwork.  In 1993, in the former USSR, we burned tons of that paperwork when having barbeques and a warming fire during winter in eastern Siberia.  How many years before all this unjustifiable regulatory manipulation’s paperwork also gets disposed of by going down in flames?  The sheer audacity that regional fish councils believe they can regulate the management of national fisheries is a special brand of lunacy — as they fail to actually regulate the conduct of a fishery and its gear in order to make a difference on the fishing grounds while seasons are underway by real captains and crew.

We need to bottle Steve Welch’s boldness and right feelings and get far more fishermen to go to council meetings and tell them and the Secretary of Commerce that enough is enough.  It is time to end the hubris of RFMCs and their political appointees.


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