Never mind the recreational aspects of this fine American pastime, what about conservation efforts which anglers have led for over 50 years in every state. There is no rival to protecting our waters, but the people who use them.
A recently published administration document outlines a structure that could result in closures of sport fishing in salt and freshwater areas across America. The White House created an Interagency Oceans Policy Task Force in June and gave them only 90 days to develop a comprehensive federal policy for all U.S. coastal, ocean and Great Lakes waters. Under the guise of ‘protecting’ these areas, the current second phase of the Task Force direction is to develop zoning which may permanently close vast areas of fishing waters nationwide. This is to be completed by December 9, 2009.
Dave Pfeiffer, President of Shimano American Corporation explained, “In spite of extensive submissions from the recreational fishing community to the Task Force in person and in writing, they failed to include any mention of the over one million jobs or the 6o million anglers which may be affected by the new policies coast to coast. Input from the environmental groups who want to put us off the water was adopted into the report verbatim – the key points we submitted as an industry were ignored.”
“The Task Force did not make any distinction between the dramatic differences between harmful commercial fishing harvest methods and recreational fishing, even though we spelled it out for them in detail,” added Morlock.So forget the 60,000,000 anglers out there and the 1 million folks eeking out a living by fishing. It's a disgrace how people are being pushed aside for bad environmental policy. And please, don't kid yourself, this is one step away from where they are going with gun rights and hunting. Pay attention folks-the enviros are having their heyday and they are going to take every freedom with it they can.
I probably can't sum it up any better than this, so I won't even try:
“This significant change in U.S. policy direction is the result of a 90-day fire drill process as ordered by the President that, not surprisingly, lacks balance, clarity and quality in the end product,” said Morlock. “People who simply want to take their kids fishing on public waters deserve better from their government,” he added.