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June 26, 2013

Letter: Fight further takeover of our fishing grouds

To the editor:

It’s pretty simple: The Gloucester fisherman are being moved off the fishing grounds because there are more profitable harvests from the ocean.

The big corporations own everything: our farmland, our government, the media, and now they’re taking the planet’s biggest asset — the ocean.

I could spend days sharing all the information of how I know this, but I’d rather tell you what you can do to try to stop it.

The Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC) recently held a poorly advertised public forum (there wasn’t one Gloucester fisherman there!) to seek public comment on ocean planning.

This group of politicians and bureaucrats have a plan in which goal No. 1 is “effective planning” — apparently a higher priority than goal No. 2, which is “healthy ocean and coastal ecosystems.”

Yet there is nothing in the plan to prevent corporate take over of our ocean for mineral extraction or whatever other contaminant uses they could exploit.

The Port Community Alliance is asking everyone who cares about Gloucester’s future to unite with one clear message, “No ocean mining of our fishing grounds!”

Everyone can comment at http://northeastoceancouncil.org/comment-on-the-draft-ocean-planning-goals/ , but we only have until June 28 — this Friday — so do it now!

Ignore their directing instructions and simply post in the first comment section, “no ocean mining!” and click “submit.”

This is an opportunity for our city leaders to take an active role in the protection of our most precious resource, I am eagerly looking forward to their input!

JIM TARANTINO

Fort Square, Gloucester

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