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Eliminating jobs of those that are unlikely to vote for "him" that is.

My god what a jackass. Shame. Todays Seacoastonline:

By Jennifer Feals

jfeals@seacoastonline.com

June 18, 2010 2:00 AM

HAMPTON - When Dave Goethel started fishing at age 13 he took to the ocean with his boat, marine chronometer and fishing equipment.

Forty-three years later, Goethel, of Hampton, says his vessel Ellen-Diane, can't fish without two computers that translate his plans and location to federal officials and without meeting a stack of government regulations.

On his boat docked at the Hampton State Pier Thursday, Goethel told U.S. Senate candidate Jim Bender about the regulations and requirements that he says have reduced his income by 70 percent and forced about 70 fishermen out of local piers in the last three years.

"I imagine your average fishermen never imagined you'd have to do all this stuff," Bender said.

"Right," Goethel replied.

In recent years, federal organizations created Skymate, a management system through which Goethel and other fishermen must "reserve" their time and place at sea in advance. They must also report when they will return and with how much fish, subject to federal observers who can check their boats and catch.

If they don't follow the system, fishermen could be fined $10,000 to $50,000, Goethel said. In addition to the use of technology, there is a fear of inadvertent non-compliance as fishermen are trying to comply with a system they really don't understand.

"I'm scared to death of the thing," Goethel said, adding that the economic costs associated with the system are the major problem. "The government spent $53 million to install this system the fishermen don't want. Then they're going to hand those costs off to me and make me pay them but I can't hand them off to you. Fish is an elastic product. You basically have to take what the market gives you."

Since May 1 of this year, Goethel has also been required to monitor the amount of fish he catches to meet newly instituted annual catch limits on groundfish species. Goethel catches ground fish such as haddock, cod and flounders.

"I have individual quotas for each fish. I am trying to catch fish in this percentage that fish don't swim in," he said. "You catch what you catch. You can try to minimize the catch but this isn't a perfect system and fish don't know to swim in these pre-allotted numbers."

In the mid 1980s, Goethel would fish 205 to 230 days a year. Since the new regulations were imposed May 1, he's fished nine days and used up 25 to 60 percent of his quota for various fish.

"We'll be lucky to get 30 days in this year," he said.

In addition, a stack of regulations fishermen must meet sits in Goethel's cabin. These regulations require fishermen to comply with 12 acts, Goethel said, including the Migratory Bird Act, Paperwork Reduction Act and Endangered Species Act.

As a member of the New England Fishery Management Council, Goethel and other members help shape potential regulations. However, they are then approved or denied by the National Marine Fisheries Service.

"There's so much regulatory overkill, and this is from somebody involved in writing the regulations," Goethel said, adding that he couldn't take Bender for a ride on the Ellen-Diane because the boat is permitted commercial and couldn't be used for recreation.

Bender likened the Skymate system to a prison ankle bracelet and the government regulations to "Big Brother."

"You guys have got to be so frustrated. It's a system set up to destroy your livelihood," he said.

These over-the-top regulations aren't just hitting the fishing industry, Bender said, but every industry.

"Every single industry is being regulated into destruction," he said. "We've got to reign in government, certainly government spending and regulations. The American government is taking away American liberties at an alarming rate."

Though he noted the reduction in his income caused by the regulations, Goethel said fishing is all he's ever known.

"It's a way of life. I've been my own boss all my life," he said. "We understand we can't catch every fish in the ocean, but we should be able to catch enough fish to be a viable business."

 

http://www.seacoastonline.com/articl...8-NEWS-6180370

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Again, partially a result of having no business experience and a staff with only 7% of which have a background in the private sector.

 

Clueless and disconnected.

 

Maybe all the fishermen should unionize. You know O would come to their aid then.

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I don't understand; have the quota's changed or are these "new regulations" an attempt to enforce what was previously unenforceable?

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View PostI don't understand; have the quota's changed or are these "new regulations" an attempt to enforce what was previously unenforceable?

 

Both.

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View PostI don't understand; have the quota's changed or are these "new regulations" an attempt to enforce what was previously unenforceable?

 

 

New quotas. The tracking thing has been a requirement since 2005.

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View Post The tracking thing has been a requirement since 2005.

 

 

That can't be true - Bush had a MBA, so it HAS to be Obama rolleyes.gif

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