Ocean Depths

DEFINITIONS you’ll need to ply the depths of fisheries articles:


  • Def: “RATZ”  – irrational privatization schemes known as “rationalization regimes” – that are put in place by program amendments known as Fisheries Management Plans (FMPs) developed by the Regional Fishery Management Councils (RFMCs).  Part of a species-by-species march by large corporations and vessel owners to privatize the US fisheries for the sake of greed, consolidation, and in order to extract “high rents” as part of the Resource Curse in Alaskan Federal Fisheries.
  • LOCATOR:  www.fakr.noaa.gov/sustainablefisheries/goarat/default.htm
  • Def: “RPP” – stands for Rockfish Pilot Program or Rockfish Demonstration Program (the latter being its official name in legislation) for the Gulf of Alaska rockfish fisheries.  It was a 3-year experiment designated into law by former US Sen. Ted Stevens as part of his infamous Rider in the 2004 Consolidated Appropriations Act.  Cong. Richard Pombo (R-CA) and others were approached by rockfish LINKED COOPERATIVES lobbyists and “The Pombo Amendment” was used to extend the RPP another 2 years (effective through 2011).  The NPFMC is attempting to roll this bad experiment into a permanent Rockfish FMP without full analysis of its harmful effects, such as RESTRAINTS OF TRADE.  They want to select a PREFERRED ALTERNATIVE (instead of returning to “status quo” via Alternative 1) by June of 2010 to keep the species-by-species march of PRIVATIZATION (rationalization) alive for the sake of a few would be millionaires.

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