HAVE YOU REACHED THE END OF YOUR LINE?
This website is specifically designed to counteract what I believe is “Political Correctness,” run amuck. The ever increasing size limits and shortened seasons have caused excessive hardship on fishermen and all the businesses that are associated with it. The bureaucrats at NOAA, and all their like- minded hacks, could care less about any information supplied by fishermen, and consider any input as merely “anecdotal.”
We are getting closer and closer to the end of recreational fishing in, not only the northeast but in the whole country. The new regulations for 2010 have put us all in a death spiral, which may be hard to ever recover from in our lifetime. Six fluke at 18″, NO red snapper from N.C. to Florida, no grouper, NO sea bass until June, one weakfish, one blackfish and on and on this travesty goes. How in the world will you ever keep a young kid interested in fishing when everything he catches has to be thrown back? How does the party boat industry survive? Will purchasing bait at your local tackle shop be a good idea if you can’t bring something home to eat?
The closure of the black sea bass fishery is particularly hurtful since the National Marine Fishery Service’s own science says that the black sea bass fishery is NOT being overfished!
It will be very difficult to bring about any changes that will help us in our pursuit of a fish for dinner now that President Obama has put an environmental extremist in charge of NOAA. Dr. Jane Lubchenco was a Pew Foundation “big wig” and a member of the Environmental Defense Fund. These groups advocate closing vast areas of the world’s oceans to any fishing activities. (Go to blog for more details)
I cannot possibly, in this introduction, list all my grievances, but have attempted to in my blog section that you can click on at the top of this page. It is my hope that by offering these, “HOOKEMANDHACKEM,” shirts to the fishing public, disgruntled fishermen from all over will be able to demonstrate that we are fed up and demand a more common sense approach. We also need to rein in the “Environmental Nazi” influence on the so-called fishery experts.
I WILL BE ON A BUS, FEB. 24, 2010, HEADED TO WASHINGTON DC FOR THE PROTEST. IT VERY WELL MIGHT BE OUR LAST CHANCE TO CHANGE THE ALL-OUT ATTACK BY NOAA ON A SPORT WE AND OUR FAMILIES ENJOY.