Urgent Petition (Not Political)

CaptDave

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Guys, I know Raider Ron posted this down below but I wanted to bring it up to a thread which gets better visability. This is a petition to keep the big (not the inshore dayboat) draggers from the inshore waters. Since coming inside it has had an effect on both small commercial, charter and recreational fisherman, It only takes a few minutes to sign and please place a small comment in the comment box. Something like, "If these vessels are allowed to continue to fish inshore there will be no fish for the recreational and charter boats". Please take the time to sign and more information is listed below. Lets face it if we can not fish many of us would not own downeast boats and be here today.

http://www.change.org/petitions/figh...n-and-the-fish

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Dave


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The transition of the New England ground fishery to Catch Shares Management is causing a disaster. Recreational (charter, private) and smaller commercial fishing vessels are losing access to local ground fish stocks.

Incentives under catch shares for larger/wealthier boats to lease quota and overfish inshore areas is squeezing out the recreational and small boat commercial fishermen. This added fishing pressure is most evident around Stellwagen Bank, an area where many charter, recreational, and small commercial fishing vessels have historically fished for years.

An amendment (Fleet Diversity Amendment - Amendment 18) to limit the concentration of quota and protect fleet diversity was voted as a priority by the New England Fishery Management Council in November for 2013.

Because of the impending TAC cuts for 2013, consolidation and individual quota accumulation will become even worse. Permits, quota, and access to the fishery are now, more than ever, extremely vulnerable under Catch Shares Management.

Fisherman Ron Borjeson started a petition to gather support for fleet diversity measures. If you support a more diverse ground fishery and limits on the concentration of quota, please sign and share the following petition.
 

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Thank you for posting Dave. The number of signatures needed has increased it's now 1500.
 

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There is a saying in Economics about Gun's Or Butter. This applies to both in a Way. We are fighting for access to Butter Fish and Keeping our Guns.
 

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Come on guys even if you don't fish Stellwagen and Ipswich Bays this is critical to the inshore guys. Please take a whole five minutes and sign the petition.

Dave
 

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I just signed and will forward the link to friends that aren't on the forum!
 

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