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  1. Jerbear

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    "SHIMANO AMERICAN CORPORATION

    News Release

    Media contact:

    John Mazurkiewicz/Catalyst Marketing – 574/289-1331 – jpmazurk@ameritech.net

    For Immediate Release – 10/5/09

    FEDS TO 60 MILLION AMERICAN ANGLERS:WE DON’T NEED YOU

    IRVINE, Calif. USA – October 5, 2009 – A recently published administration document outlines a structure that could result in closures of sport fishing in salt and freshwater areas across America. The White House created an Interagency Oceans Policy Task Force in June and gave them only 90 days to develop a comprehensive federal policy for all U.S. coastal, ocean and Great Lakes waters. Under the guise of ‘protecting’ these areas, the current second phase of the Task Force direction is to develop zoning which may permanently close vast areas of fishing waters nationwide. This is to be completed by December 9, 2009.

    Dave Pfeiffer, President of Shimano American Corporation explained, “In spite of extensive submissions from the recreational fishing community to the Task Force in person and in writing, they failed to include any mention of the over one million jobs or the 6o million anglers which may be affected by the new policies coast to coast. Input from the environmental groups who want to put us off the water was adopted into the report verbatim – the key points we submitted as an industry were ignored.”

    Recreational fishing generates a $125 billion annual economy in the United States and supports jobs in every state according to government figures. Through the Sport Fish Restoration program, anglers have provided more than $5 billion through excise taxes on fishing tackle to fishery conservation and education for decades.

    In addition to the economic aspects, anglers lead the nation in volunteer conservation efforts on behalf of improving fish habitat, water quality and related environmental areas. “There was no mention of the fishery conservation efforts which anglers have led for over 50 years in every state – an environmental success story that has no equal in the world”, said Phil Morlock, Director, Environmental Affairs for Shimano. “The Task Force did not make any distinction between the dramatic differences between harmful commercial fishing harvest methods and recreational fishing, even though we spelled it out for them in detail,” added Morlock.

    Claiming to be the result of a public consultation process the report states, “Having considered a broad range of public comments, this report reflects the requests and concerns of all interested parties.”
    The original White House memo and not surprisingly the Task Force report contains multiple references to developing a national policy where Great Lakes and coastal regions are managed, “consistent with international law, including customary international law as reflected in the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea” - a 300-page treaty the U.S. has never ratified.
    “We question what implications there will be for state authority and jurisdiction in the Great Lakes and coastal regions if the U.S. adopts the U.N. Treaty,” said Pfeiffer.

    The report makes it clear that future authority for implementing the policy for coastal and inland waters will fall under White House jurisdiction with a new National Ocean Council comprised of over 20 federal agencies at Cabinet Secretary or Deputy Secretary level. No reference to Congressional jurisdiction is indicated.

    “This significant change in U.S. policy direction is the result of a 90-day fire drill process as ordered by the President that, not surprisingly, lacks balance, clarity and quality in the end product,” said Morlock. “People who simply want to take their kids fishing on public waters deserve better from their government,” he added.

    Shimano is joining with other members of the recreational fishing industry to urge anglers to contact their members of Congress and the administration to request this process be required to adopt the economic, conservation and social contributions of recreational fishing as key elements of the policy. It is critical that we ensure Congressional oversight and state jurisdiction and management continues.
    E-letters can be sent to the administration and members of Congress by visiting KeepAmericanFishing.org. The future of fishing is in your hands.



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    Editor’s Note: Phil Morlock is attending Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus functions this week in Washington, DC, but will make himself available for questions, interviews on this. Contact John Mazurkiewicz with Catalyst Marketing for arrangements. "
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    http://www.keepamericafishing.org/index.html

    take action.



    Nobama at work.


    Jerbear
     
  2. rooferbob

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    Living in the "LAND OF THE FREE"
    Aint we
     
  3. Carol Lister

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  4. Jerbear

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    Feds meddling with


    Federally mandated no-fishing zones could soon be popping up in the Great Lakes and many other freshwater fisheries.Just imagine, you pull up on a boat ramp on Lake Erie and discover a large map of the lake that has enough shaded blocks to play checkers. Those shaded blocks represent areas closed to fishing, and your favorite rockpile — that you've been daydreaming about dragging a tube over for the last month — is under one of those blocks.

    Sound unlikely? Freshwater anglers have been warned that, in the not-too-distant future, marine sanctuaries and the general protectionism philosophies plaguing our recreational saltwater brethren were coming our way. Well, the future has arrived, and it is time to pay attention.

    "BASS members and every angler in America should be very concerned over the dramatic implications for recreational fishing access and management nationwide that are being proposed by the White House Council on Environmental Quality. This policy extends into the Great Lakes and the inland watersheds that flow into the oceans, which, of course, includes every river, stream and most lakes and reservoirs in America," said Phil Morlock, director of environmental affairs for Shimano Corp.

    The American Sportfishing Association has similar concerns. "Anglers in the heartland may think this is just about saltwater, but it's not. This is a policy that will ultimately influence all our nation's bodies of water, state and federal. Now is the time to step up and ensure that recreational fishing has its rightful place in the policy process," said Gordon Robertson, vice president of ASA.

    Flying in under the radar screen for most anglers, saltwater or fresh, President Obama created an Interagency Oceans Task Force with the objective of establishing a national policy to govern the management and use of our oceans, coasts and Great Lakes. Within this objective is the development of a framework for setting aside blocks of water for various uses. Never before have freshwater systems like the Great Lakes been discussed in the context of "spatial zoning." Yet it's there in black and white in the task force's interim report. It's the first real segue of federal no-fishing zones into the bass angler's living room.

    Despite both a face-to-face meeting between representatives of recreational anglers and the Council on Environmental Quality (the lead federal agency for the task force), and a follow-up with written comments in the initial phase of the process, none of the comments from the recreational community were incorporated in the interim report. And there doesn't appear to be any intention of doing so. As an angler, that should be both frustrating and alarming.

    "There are over 133,600 BASS members in the states bordering the Great Lakes. Obviously, they have a huge stake in this. Yet, as of now, the federal government doesn't appear to be interested in what they have to say. Unlike other administrations, this one seems to have dismissed the angling community altogether, at least to this point. We need that to change, and fast," said Chris Horton, conservation director for BASS.

    Like all Americans, anglers want healthy oceans, estuaries and freshwater lakes and rivers. In fact, they're often the first to raise awareness of problems, first to pick up a shovel to help or open their wallets to fund a solution.

    Anglers were among the nation's first and foremost conservationists. Through voluntary excise taxes on sportfishing equipment, anglers have contributed more than $5 billon for fisheries management to date. Yet, these contributions have yet to be acknowledged by either the CEQ or in the task force's interim report. They most certainly aren't aware of, nor can they possibly appreciate, the countless hours of sweat equity that anglers have contributed through on-the-ground projects to enhance our fisheries and habitat across the country. Without question, anglers have earned the right to have a say in what happens with their resource and their ability to enjoy that resource.

    "Not only did the task force essentially ignore the detailed input from the recreational fishing community in their report, they also failed to acknowledge the significant number of jobs and the economy, which is supported by over 60 million Americans who fish," said Morlock.

    Like most federal documents, the interim report may seem overwhelming and somewhat confusing. However, those who deal with federal agencies and represent the angling community in Washington clearly see the warning signals. Here are some of the most pertinent questions:


    Why does the federal government refuse to separate recreational anglers from commercial fishing when the impacts on the resource are vastly different?
    Why the rush to get such an overwhelming policy done in 180 days?
    The document repeatedly mentions the need for the U.S. to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. What jurisdictional ramifications does that have for fisheries management in waters currently managed by the U.S.?
    What implications do this policy and the UNCLOS have for all inland fresh waters?
    Even though it was listed in the president's directive memo, why does the interim report shy away from sustainable use objectives?
    State natural resource agencies have done a great job of managing our fisheries resources in the Great Lakes. What justification does the federal government have to interfere?
    Finally, why is there no congressional oversight in a process that will obviously affect millions of Americans?

    Anglers have an opportunity to change the process and ensure these questions are addressed.

    "This policy strikes at the fundamental issue that concerns all anglers and should concern all people who enjoy time on the water, which is access to our nation's public resources. It is crucial that anglers speak up and let the White House and their members of Congress know that they have serious concerns with any policy that excludes recreational fishing, thereby ignoring the tremendous conservation legacy that anglers have on this country's economy and culture," said Robertson.

    In order to ensure that a meaningful, transparent public process will give direction to the federal government as they determine the future of our angling heritage, Congress will have to step in. Currently, that process is virtually nonexistent. As one of the largest constituencies for any member of Congress, anglers have the ability to get them involved, and Congress will — if they hear from enough folks out there.

    Go to www.keepamericafishing.org and send a message to the CEQ and Congress that anglers have earned the right for our voices to be heard and for our angling heritage to be preserved in perpetuity.

    President John F. Kennedy once said, "One person can make a difference, and everyone should try."
     
  5. pyrdek

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    Carol Lister.

    I don't know where you are getting your information from. I do know it is NOT the web link you provided since all that does is pop up the "404 NOT FOUND" window. If it is a valid link please correct the posting. If it WAS a valid link but has since been taken down by the Whitehouse, the question then becomes why and is an archived copy of what had been posted available?
     
  6. otnot

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    Pyrdek.
    Copy and paste the link. It didn't have the http:.

    I read all 35 pages of the bill and all I came up with is they are trying to clean up the water. I didn't read anything about shutting down fishing. Hell I make my living from fish and as a fish monger I would like to see our waters have more protection and some of the fishing practices that take place limited.
     
  7. headhunter

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    These F**in people won't quit. Don't they have bigger problems? I fish for a living and the current rules and regs are outragous as it is. Anyone sick of all theses do gooders that think they know what's good for everyone? I know I am. They won't quit until we are all out of business and on welfare. Get a grip on the reality folks. We don't need the feds in everyones life. We get it from Federal, State, county, and town. These folks should get a real job that is productive instead of trying to regulate someone else who wants to work. Yikes!!! Don't get me started
     
  8. Carol Lister

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    Thanks, otnot... I just wasn't paying attention.

    Carol Lister
     
  9. Jerbear

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    Man, I knew alot of people like to fish on here... well not just here. Thought you might to read whats going around.
     
  10. Damifino

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    We live on the Gulf coast of FL and fish offshore here, in the Atlantic and also the Keys regularly. The Feds literally have KILLED recreational fishing here. The Snapper and Grouper regulations have tightened up every year for the last six or seven years to the point it is not worth keeping a boat anymore. What is sad is the fishing is as good or better than it has ever been. What is the point in making a 60-80 mile run offshore @ $3.50 or more per gallon of fuel (at ~ 1 mile to the gallon) to catch 2 lousy Snapper. Last month we had to leave a fishing spot because we couldnt get our baits down past the Snapper to get to the Grouper. It costs about $400 to run out to the grounds and back. You can't really justify it on a 2 Snapper / 4 Grouper limit. What is SAD is these regulators really believe the fishery is is in trouble. I'd love to take them on a fish/dive trip and have them compare it from 10 years ago.

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    Sold the old girl last month. Very sad day for me.
     
  11. recurvyarcher

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    Farmers, the horse industry, and factories will be highly effected. Regulations coming as a result of these task force findings are going to effect each of these groups.
     
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