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Marine Protected Areas for those who dont know.

 

Possibly coming to Cape Cod National Seashore, Fire Island National Seashore, Cape Lookout National Seashore, Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

 

We could be in for a rude awakening.

 

Do MPAs close access to fishing and other recreational use of the resource?

There are many types of Marine Protected Areas in the United States, and most do not prohibit fishing and recreational uses throughout their boundaries. Existing MPAs encompass a wide range of characteristics and have been established for a variety of different purposes. While a few sites exist as no-take marine reserves, the vast majority of MPAs, both in terms of numbers and area, are open for fishing, diving, boating, and other recreational and commercial uses.

 

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Read "no-take"

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Just the first step

 

The method the anti's embrace is "Take little bites"

 

This would just be the first of a few steps

 

Analogy (This one works particularly well for anyone in NJ):

 

1. 15 +/- years ago NJ passed a seatbelt law, but you couldn't be pulled over for it and it only applied to those in the front seats

 

2. A few years later and the summons is double what they said it would be

 

3. It's a few years later and now you can be pulled over for it without having done anything else wrong.

 

4. And now there's a bill that's about to pass in the next few days - passengers in the rear seats will have to wearing seatbelts (I'm not sure who would be getting the summons, driver, passengers or both).

 

Don't take this off track with any crap about how seat belts are a good idea, they are that's not the issue here, only the analogy. The point I'm making is about how the forces that are behind these ideas work - little bites at a time. If NJ had tried to pass the seatbelt legislation in one big bite the way the law is written now, there would have been a huge outcry and it never would have passed. By doing it one little bite at a time they got it all through, every bit and more. - This is exactly the method the anti's use so watch out !

 

Today they say that the MPA's will only be no take and will not impact the sport fisherman, but give it time and it will end up being no trespassing for any use except scientific bunnyhugger reasons.

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RG -

 

That's why it is so important for recreational fishermen, along with the commercial and party/charter guys, to get involved in regaining control of the fishery management process - which at this point belongs lock, stock and barrel to the foundation funded ENGOs and the foundation subsidized "fishermen's" organizations.

 

Not to be harping on it, but your post is particularly relevant to the issue that we're trying to address; loosening up the Magnuson Act and getting real, independent fishermen, not foundation stooges, back in the management process - just ask the recreational fishermen in California what they think of MPAs. You can start to make a difference by clicking here.

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View PostMarine Protected Areas for those who dont know.

 

Possibly coming to Cape Cod National Seashore, Fire Island National Seashore, Cape Lookout National Seashore, Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

 

We could be in for a rude awakening.

 

Do MPAs close access to fishing and other recreational use of the resource?

There are many types of Marine Protected Areas in the United States, and most do not prohibit fishing and recreational uses throughout their boundaries. Existing MPAs encompass a wide range of characteristics and have been established for a variety of different purposes. While a few sites exist as no-take marine reserves, the vast majority of MPAs, both in terms of numbers and area, are open for fishing, diving, boating, and other recreational and commercial uses.

 

taken from mpa.gov

 

Read "no-take"

 

Yes, MPA's "CAN" take in a wide variety of recreational allowances, however, the aim of the proponents is to NOT DO SO.

In practice, they go for the absolute maximum in closure area and restricted take.

They literally DO NOT CARE whose livelihood they take away, or whose life they ruin.

And I don't mean wild-eyed bunny huggers [but plenty will attend], I mean the so-called "reasonable scientists".

They want it closed, period, and have virtually gotten their way in California already.

Legal precedents now established, they will go through the other coastal states like bowling pins.

Your only hope is strong legal protection for recreational fishing RIGHT NOW, if you wait for the "process" to begin, you've already lost.

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Why do these SOBs want to destroy recreational fishing.The only counter is term limits & have organizations such as PETA register as lobbyists which is what they are then we can see who's getting bought.

America made a big mistake Nov. 4, 2008 when the result of modern education came out to vote for the first time.

Another good idea would be to give congress a ten year paid vacation it would be worth every penny.

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At a time when we all have to unite we still have people trying use divisive political jargon (BS) to let us all know that they worship at the altar of political rhetoric. This only serves to divide the fishing community and makes us all look like simpletons by association. Blaming Jimmy, W, Willy, or Obama for what has been going on for the past decade is not going to advance the cause of the recreational fishermen. If the PEW foundation is at the forefront of the battle against recreational fishermen, it is easy to find the political association between their main founders/supporters and one of our major political parties as they are financial donors. I won't stir the pot by telling, but many here will be surprised. (Or not?)

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Here is one more reason to buy a bus ticket for the Feb 24th Fisherman's March on Washington. Details and tickets available at the SSFFF website. As a member of the Board of Directors of SSFFF, I have seen the list of fishermen who have purchased tickets, and the response is pathetic. There are very few members from this site who have purchased tickets. You cannot expect results if all you are willing to do is ***** about regulations from your computer. Take the day off and help make a difference.

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