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From the Publisher: As TheOnlineFisherman grows in reach, we're meeting some of the most incredible and oustanding personalities our sport and industries contain. Among them is a guy named Captain Len Belcaro. Editor Gary Anderson and I first encountered this gem of an outdoor writer, publisher, and passionate activist in the wolf-dens of the nation's most popular fishing forums (two of them being 2coolFishing's forums in Texas and FloridaSportsman's very active boards). His  genuinely professional writing style, the fact that he has the ink of one of the nation's leading sport fishing "glossies" under his fingernails, and his passionate involvment in the battle many of us are (almost literally) fighting from the halls of congress to local taverns inspired Gary to meet him and develop a friendship. Interestingly enough, their first encounter was when Captain Len let us know that some incredible research Gary had found -- with no name attached -- was later 'quoted' (plagarized, we later found out lol) on one of Gary's popular fishing blogs.

This article is in the current issue of Len's magazine. Check it out -- it's well worth the subscription cost, and quite frankly is one of the only magazine of its kind whose ownership is willing to take a stand. For our freedom. He's a part of the team at The Recreational Fishing Alliance.

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A Enviro Primer On Owning Our Fish, Leasing Them Back, Maintaining Control, & Making a Fortune to Boot

In a brazenly open move to attract investors to EDF’s catch share movement plans which will privatize our public marine resource, the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, an anti-fishing environmental group, in conjunction with Jason Winship’s Sea Change Investment Fund, have released through Manta Consulting a 120 page document entitled “Financing Fisheries Change.”

This document clearly explains the procedure to make huge investment dividends from our marine resources after the Environmental Defense Fund, through their shill EDF Jane at NOAA, forces catch shares on both the American recreational and commercial fishermen. Simply put, Financing Fisheries Change is a primer on how environmental groups can purchase, or provide funding to purchase Individual Fishing Quotas (IFQs) then lease them back to the American fisherman. The lease revenues will provide a solid cash flow for the environmental groups and their foundations and investors while maintaining ownership of the fisheries’ IFQs. IFQs that will appreciate in value yearly while giving complete control of the fisheries to the enviros through the wordage in each lease agreement. It will allow them to dictate fisheries management policy. Policy that could include creation of Marine Protection Areas (MPA), spatial, and time and area closures, and size restrictions without the need for government regulation or recreational fishing organization input. It is a pure genius scheme and a win-win situation for the environmentalists at a tremendous cost to both domestic recreational and commercial fishermen.

During the week of 2-1-11, the Big Game Fishing Journal had sent this 120 page document to five congressmen, including the Speaker of the House, and one senator to answer their question, “Why the tremendous push for the catch shares fisheries management system by the current NOAA administration and the Environmental Defense Fund.”

We have also sent letters along with the Financing Fisheries Change document to six recreational fishing organization directors that signed on to a letter to Dr. Jane Lubchenco dated April 9, 2010. The letter, which was also signed by the PEW Environmental Group, the Environmental Defense Fund, Ocean Conservancy, and Oceana, addresses the catch shares system effort and a willingness by these recreational groups to work together with the environmental community and Lubchenco in order to bring catch shares to the recreational fisherman.

In essence, our letter to The Billfish Foundation, Coastal Conservation Association, Center for Coastal Conservation, International Game Fish Association, American Sportfishing Association, the National Marine Manufacturers Association, and the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partners states that it is our belief they are being used by the environmental business community. These environmental organizations do not understand nor do they appreciate or care about our fishing way of life. The Financing Fisheries Change document shows why the enviros are making this tremendous push for catch shares. It’s not about marine conservation, it is all about money and total control of the fisheries management process.

If you are a member of any of these organizations, please take the time to remind them that it is impossible to negotiate in good faith with the “Devil.” You will pay the price every time. Make these organizations understand catch shares is not the will of the people, and they must fight against this privatization, the selling off and leasing back of our marine resources, and the total control of our fisheries management system by the enviros. Fishing is a unalienable right, not a privilege given to us by the environmental community.

Capt. Len Belcaro

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