GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

Letters/My View

January 11, 2013

Editorial: Ultimate betrayal of fishermen

It’s bad enough that a set of Republican U.S. House amendments had, as of Thursday, trimmed a Senate-approved $150 million for economic disaster aid for New England and Northeast fisheries down to $5 million — to be divided among six states.

But the idea that those same amendments — pushed by Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, a New Jersey Republican, and Rep. Hal Rogers, a Kentucky Republican and chairman of the House Appropriations Committee — would funnel money to the agency responsible for the disaster and further destroy fisheries and the jobs they support would prove the ultimate slap in the face to fisheries around the country.

That’s right, these clueless congressmen — while understandably questioning whether fishermen’s disaster aid is appropriate within a bill providing relief to victims of Superstorm Sandy — believe it’s just fine for the bill to include $261 million for NOAA projects to promote so-called “ocean zoning” or marine spacial planning and for NOAA’s development of new weather satellites and other hi-tech equipment. Yet any ocean zoning scheme would almost certainly bring more closed fishing areas and further devastate the industry.

Lost in all this, of course, are a few facts: that the Northeast fishery has been declared an “economic disaster” by our own federal government, and that it’s a product of NOAA’s own job-killing, catch-share fishery policies hatched by Jane Lubchenco, the agency’s now lame-duck administrator.

We can only hope that more lawmakers heed the efforts of Congressman John Tierney, who is pushing to restore the $150 million in fishing aid that was part of the Senate bill — and that these GOP amendments find their rightful home in a legislative trash bin.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Letters/My View

NDN Video
'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Chapter Two: Designing for Naomi Watts Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show' Robin Wright Can Dance! (WATCH) She's Back! See Paris Hilton's New Carl's Jr. Ad Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years