Bonsai Buccaneers in the Fish Republic of Alaska – series by S. Taufen (will be on new page in Dec. 2017)

 Justice is served when the People act according to the law — and due to the efforts of Groundswell, the following notice of a Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Act “PROHIBITED ACTS” law – about the crime of giving False Testimony – now appears on the bottom of all PUBLIC COMMENT sign-up sheets for stakeholders who give testimony to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council and its Advisory Panel and Scientific and Statistical Committee.

It is our hope that in 2010 the remaining Regional Fisheries Management Councils (RFMCs) will adopt this same form and its legal warning.   Groundswell brought that up to the members of the Council Coordination Committee and NOAA Officials in Anchorage in May of 2010.

Despite the warning on testimony sign-ups, to date, no prosecutions have occurred — in spite of the fact that key industry players still perjure themselves on the federal record at NPFMC meetings.


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 16 U.S.C. 1857 §307(1)(I) “false information”

 SEC. 307. PROHIBITED ACTS 16 U.S.C. 1857


It is unlawful–

[Public Laws: 99-659, 101-224, 101-627, 102-251, 104-297, 106-557]

 (1) for any person–


 (I) to knowingly and willfully submit to a Council, the Secretary, or the Governor of a State false information (including, but not limited to, false information regarding the capacity and extent to which a United States fish processor, on an annual basis,  will process a portion of the optimum yield of a fishery that will be harvested by fishing vessels of the United States) regarding any matter that the Council, Secretary, or Governor is considering in the course of carrying out this Act;

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  • “I like paying taxes.  With them I buy civilization.”

    — Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes

  •  “First they ignore you,  then they ridicule you,

then they fight you, then you win.”

  — Mahatma Gandhi

All that is burns with Desire… anon sprayed on  brick wall, Seattle 1979

  • “The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same
             level of thinking we were at when we created them.”— Albert Einstein observed

  • “A man’s got to believe in something, I believe I’ll go fishing.” — Thoreau


  • “If you steal $10 from a man’s wallet, you’re likely to get a fight, but if you steal billions from the commons, co-owned by him and his descendants, he may not even notice.” – Walter Hickel, former Alaska governor & U.S. Secretary of the Interior.

    “Courage is when you are scared to death, but saddle up anyways.” — John Wayne

     “If one is looking to affix the word ‘tragedy’ of the commons, the nightmare did not begin with the creation of the commons, but with the process of their destruction, the process under which it was taken under private ownership.” – Raj Patel

  • “Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital.  Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed.  Labor is superior to capital, and deserves the much higher consideration.” – President Abraham Lincoln


  • “Labor alone, never varying in its own value, is alone the ultimate and real standard by which the value of all commodities can at all times and places be estimated and compared.  [Labor] is their real price; money is their nominal price only.” — Adam Smith, economist

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