GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

Latest Cape Ann News

June 14, 2011

Kirk, New Bedford mayor urge subpeona for EDF

After executing a strategic campaign to have America's wild fish stocks essentially privatized under catch shares, the Environmental Defense Fund president's decision to reject a Senate subcommittee invitation to discuss the topic at a hearing in Boston next Monday has infuriated the mayors of New England's leading fishing ports.

Mayor Scott Lang of New Bedford, backed by Mayor Carolyn Kirk of Gloucester, urged the U.S. Senate Tuesday to subpoena EDF President Fred Krupp to compel him to testify under oath about the influence of his organization on federal fisheries policy.

"It's time to bring the people in under subpoena to get the facts on what was done behind the curtain," Lang said in a telephone interview.

"I concur with Mayor Lang on taking the step to subpoena (Krupp)," Kirk added in an email to the Times. "We need full transparency as to the depth and breadth of EDF's influence on national policy."

New Bedford is the nation's leading port in value of landings; Gloucester, the nation's first fishing port, ranks 10th in landings value.

But Gloucester has been the epicenter of law enforcement abuse, according to the findings of Inspector General Todd Zinser, and the resistance to it.

EDF-federal alliance

Both ports have grated at what is perceived as the forced feeding of the catch share fishery management system to an unwilling groundfishing industry by the alliance of EDF and the federal government during the Obama administration, the use of dubious science to exaggerate the weakness of fish stocks, and the overselling of catch shares as a panacea — all to manipulate the regional governing system before and after the ascent of former EDF board officer Jane Lubchenco to the top national fisheries policy position in 2009.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Latest Cape Ann News

Pictures of the Week
Your news, your way
Comments Tracker
AP Video Network
Obama: World Is Appalled by Murder of Journalist Israel, Militants Trade Fire After Talks Fail Pres. George W. Bush Takes Ice Bucket Challenge Pierce Brosnan's Call to Join the Expendables Changes Coming to No-Fly List Raw: IDF Footage Said to Show Airstrikes Police: Ferguson More Peaceful Raw: Aftermath of Airstrike in Gaza Raw: Thousands March on Pakistani Parliament Raw: World's Oldest Man Lives in Japan Fire Crews Tame Yosemite Fire Raw: Police Weapon Drawn Near Protesters, Media Raw: Explosions in Gaza As Airstrikes Resume Charter Schools Alter Post-Katrina Landscape Texas Gov. Perry: Indictment 'a Political Act' US Officials: Video Shows American's Beheading Video Shows Ferguson Cop Months Before Shooting Water Bottles Recalled for Safety Researcher Testing On-Field Concussion Scanners