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9 mins ago, JTF said:

Surf fished the obx many years and read this book when it came out. Interesting side note to Omega Protein, it's majority ownership is Zapata Corp, the guys that work closely with the government. Omega's CEO is executive vice president of Zapata.

 

During the Bay of Pigs invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis, Zapata allowed its oil rigs to be used as listening posts. In 1988, Barron's said Zapata was "a part time purchasing front for the [Central Intelligence Agency]

 

Don't think their extreme fishing (dredging) will ever be curbed, they are too well connected. And a CIA director, vice president and president used to own Zapata. Pretty good for bOusiness. 

 

 

Omega is now owned by a Canadian aquaculture outfit, Cooke, Inc., probably to provide vertical integration, with Omega providing fish meal for Cooke's salmon farms.

 

If the name Cooke sounds familiar, these are the folks who maintained faulty salmon pens in Washington State, leading to the escape of many, many thousands of invasive Atlantic salmon in the waters around the Washington/British Columbia border, and leading the Washington legislature to outlaw salmon aquaculture in state waters.

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My point was not one particular person or corporation regardless of ownership, it's the number of well placed and connected board members and lobbyists that have more sway than recreational fisherman.

 

Locally, recreational fisherman have this problem with representation on the NC Marine  Fisheries Commission.  Regardless, take away the bait, so long healthy fishery, that is one of the messages of the book. It's a good read. 

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11 mins ago, JTF said:

My point was not one particular person or corporation regardless of ownership, it's the number of well placed and connected board members and lobbyists that have more sway than recreational fisherman.

 

Locally, recreational fisherman have this problem with representation on the NC Marine  Fisheries Commission.  Regardless, take away the bait, so long healthy fishery, that is one of the messages of the book. It's a good read. 

But being Cooke-owned, they lose that leverage.  Now, most of Omega's clout is with state and local officials, and in Virginia, even that is beginning to erode.

 

Cooke is not well-regarded due to some serious problems, like the Washington salmon pen collapse, in various local waters.

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Another good read is "Striper Wars," by Dick Russell.

 

To date In NC, our Marine Fisheries Commission and Senate/House argue: define "commercial fisherman."  There is/was no net catch requirement for those licenses. That appears to be changing, slowly however.

 

Likewise, it's unlimited open harvest for the menhaden, regardless of corporation ownership. NC is not of a west coast mindset in this regard, unfortunate imo.  

 

There's much more revenue created by recreational fisheries and tourism in NC compared to commercial bait harvesters.

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On 1/9/2019 at 6:42 PM, stripedbassking said:

There is a petition going on now, through the Menhaden defenders to try and slow down OMEGA from vacuuming all the bunker out of the ocean. I know links aren’t allowed here but if anyone wants to sign it and try and voice your opinion on why these fish are so important please reach out. Hope none of this is against the rules as without bunker, then we have less big fish, which is what we all want is an abundance of 50lb bass!!!! Right?

Just want to mention this again... Omega is now owned by a Canadian company that essentially plans to use our wild fish as feed for their farm raised Salmon.

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