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March 12, 2010

Earlier this week, several news agencies published various accounts of how the Obama Administration is intending to ban ‘sport’ and recreational fishing from coastal areas, Great Lakes and Inland waterways.  On March 11, an Obama administration spokesperson said, ” … there WILL BE NO BAN on FISHING ….” We can all feel relieved, since President Obama is truthful in communicating what he intends to do in America.  At a time when most Americans want a reduction in government spending, President Obama is planning another huge increase in government growth and the control it will bring to our lives; this time, in the name of ‘conservation’.  The subject of ‘no fishing’ does not even scratch the surface of what is behind this ‘scare’.

In November of 2008, soon-to-be President Obama was given a 391-page report that provides “Environmental Transition Recommendations for the Obama Administration.”  This document is titled, Transition To Green.  Among the many (29) contributors for this report are Greenpeace, Population Action International and Population Connection (these last two organizations have ‘population control’ interests).  This document also calls for “Marine Protected Areas” (MPAs) on page 364.  This comprehensive report details how control of ‘climate change’ and ‘global warming’ would be integrated in all facets of government, including tasking the Coast Guard and the Department of Justice with new enforcement in these areas.  Most readers will recall that recently, the Al Gore ‘science’ of Man-Caused Global Warming has been de-bunked for the fraud that it is.

 Just three months ago, The White House Council on Environmental Quality issued a report entitled, “Interim Framework for Effective Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning“, by the ‘Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force’ (December 9, 2009).  In this 35-page document, we find a new ‘law enforcement’ agency,  the ‘National Ocean Council’ (NOC) will be the enforcement arm of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force.  Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning (CMSP) authority is based in “federal statutes” and will oversee planning for the use of all ocean, coastal and Great Lakes environments.  Page 11 of this report shows a map of North America and the Pacific Islands and how America and the islands are divided into 9 Regional Planning Areas.  It is unknown at this time, how many new government employees will be needed to staff the positions to regulate, oversee and enforce the directives of this CMS bureaucracy and the NOC.  This report was written by Global Warming proponents in government, including Jane Lubchenco, Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere (and is the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration — NOAA).  Ms Lubchenco is well credentialed as a marine biologist but she is also closely tied to such ‘environmental’ organizations as the Environmental Defense Fund (as a trustee) and the Pew Oceans Commission.

On February 12, 2010, the dead line arrived for public comments to the Ocean Policy Task Force (established by President Obama in 2009).  This Task Force was charged with bringing:

 … together what is now often conflicting and competing agencies and laws that govern the oceans, coasts and the Great Lakes. The US has 95,000 miles of coastline and over half of the population lives in coastal counties, according to the US Council on Environmental Quality.

 The task force is now moving toward finalizing its recommendations to send to the President’s desk. Today is the last day for the public to comment on the policy. The recommendations could have wide-ranging impacts on environmental preservation, jobs, transportation and national security. It could also affect oil drilling and climate change policies.

So, where does the scare take place that deals with President Obama and the fishing industry?  Robert Montgomery ( on March 10, 2010 wrote:

And that philosophy by a group attempting to develop public policy is, indeed, a threat to the future of recreational angling. It is especially so in light of the fact that confidential sources suggest that an Executive Order empowering the National Ocean Council might have been drafted — although not released — even before the latest public comment period ended.

Recreational angling is enjoyed annually by an estimated 60 million Americans, most of whom are good stewards of the resource. They contribute hundreds of millions of dollars for fisheries’ conservation through license fees and excise taxes. They want to see pollution reduced, commercial by-catch eliminated, and aquatic habitats better protected.


Overall, recreational angling generates more than $45 billion in retail sales annually, with a $125 billion impact on the nation’s economy, creating employment for more than one million people. According to ASA, if fishing were a corporation, it would have ranked 47th on the 2007 Fortune 500 list, ahead of Microsoft and Time Warner.

President Obama claims to be an environmentalist but fails to do the right thing in dealing with an urgent and impending disaster.  Here is one example of  Obama’s “just words, just speeches” methodology:  The Case of the Asian Carp.  This prolific and dangerous fish threatens the unique ecosystem of the Great Lakes and the multi-billion dollar commercial and sport fishing industries of that area.  A single Asian carp was found in a commercial waterway that links the Mississippi River with Lake Michigan last December.  The Asian carp must not gain access to the Great Lakes.  For this urgent problem, the President voted ‘Present’ and ordered a 5-year study of the situation.  The President is not being a good shepherd of our environment with this course of action.

President Obama has shown he will pursue one course of action, while planning and doing something just the opposite.  Obama has outright lied to the American public while on camera and has been called out (by Congressmen and a Supreme Court Justice) at times for those lies.  Can we trust the President to do what he says he will do (“no ban on fishing”) or is this just a play on words?  Over a million jobs in the commercial and sport fishing industry are on the line (private industry, not government jobs).  To keep that 1 million jobs in perspective:  each month that Obama is President, between 300,000 and 600,000 Americans are put out of work.  In addition, the President’s lust for growing the size and reach of the federal government seems to know no boundaries with this new ‘control’ organization, the National Ocean Council and the 9 Regional Planning areas of the Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning. 

Perhaps, ‘Red’ truly is the real color of these new ‘Green’ jobs the President will be creating by growing the government in this way.  Is this what America was led to ‘believe’ would happen when Obama won the election in 2008, under the guise of ‘Hope’ and ‘Change’?  Is this what America wants now and for our future?

How do you feel, after reading this article.  Please leave a comment, if you have a minute.


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One Comment leave one →
  1. Betsy Ross 2 permalink
    March 13, 2010 12:02 am

    Thank you for a very interesting article. Keep the stories going.

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