GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

May 16, 2013

Letter: Bullard's spin on fishery doesn't hold water


Gloucester Daily Times

---- — To the editor:

After reading his letter, and following his actions, it shows just how destructive the views of NOAA Northeast Administrator John Bullard are.

Throughout history, people leave their legacies, and his, I believe, will be as the tyrant that took down the fishing industry which has been around since the beginning of time. His orders on catch limits are taking down all related jobs and crippled so many families — all because of his so-called power.

So Mr. Bullard, you think fisherman are going to be able to survive on skate and winter flounder? (My View, the Times, Tuesday, May 7). That shows how much you know about fishing.

When the boats go out and probably catch their cod quota in one day, what do they do after that? Go back to throwing all the cod they catch overboard to fish?

Then we have the spying eyes on the boats showing all this discard and giving out fines and raising total havoc — knowing the industry will be virtually shut down because of your proven junk science. Do you actually think cod can read, so we can put do not enter written on the drags so they won’t be caught?

You probably have that all figured out. You’re agenda has been completed. How you live with yourself destroying so many people’s way of life is beyond me.

For some reason, it seems, NOAA is above the law. You should be having the people that you force on boats checking out the fisherman, watching over your shoulders; NOAA’s own enforcement system is the one that’s been found corrupt.

You folks can shred inportant documents, create ridiculous fees in the northeast region over maybe a fish that got by that was undersized, or put wharfs under investigation and wrongfully invade with guns drawn. The list goes on and on for your corrupt agency.

This government has failed its own people big time and you’re a big part of it, Bullard. Spin what you want, but you are who you are — a bureaucrat that doesn’t seem to care about anything but his own agenda, a big man with the power to kill an industry and a way of life.

There are so many reasons for cod limits not to have been met, but you wouldn’t understand them. Perhaps you should start a school for cod to take reading classes now so they stay out of the net while fisherman go looking for redfish.

Well, onward for you. Enjoy your legacy — one of ruining lives and families who have harvested the ocean to supply a food which is needed to sustain life.

Then again, we always have China and other countries that can fish and supply 90 percent of our seafood, instead of giving our own fishermen their God-given right to make a living in America — the land of the free, except for the freedom of our fisherman to fish.

SAM FRONTIERO

Stuart Road, Gloucester