Pres. Obama Now Wants to Ban Sports Fishing, Make Recreational Fishing a Crime – Update: Glenn Beck Video on Gov’t’s US Water Grab Efforts « Frugal Café Blog Zone

Pres. Obama Now Wants to Ban Sports Fishing, Make Recreational Fishing a Crime – Update: Glenn Beck Video on Gov’t’s US Water Grab Efforts

Posted By on March 9, 2010

Obama wants to ban all US recreational fishing... officers, arrest that boy! | Photo credit: Frenzy Fishing Charters, New York

I wrote just yesterday about a wacko court case in Switzerland about a man being sued for violating a fish’s rights when he landed a big pike that put up a fight for 10 minutes. Yes, this poor fisherman was taken to court for “torturing” a fish — no word on how much money and time he had to spend defending himself on this ridiculous, outrageous charge of criminality.

Although weirdo “animal rights” lawyer Antoine F. Goetschel representing the dead fish lost the case, I noted that something loony and oppressive like this about animal rights and the squashing of human rights could indeed come to the United States.

Well, it looks like it could be here. Barack H. Obama appears to want to ban recreational fishing through out the entire country.

Below is an American Sportfishing Association’s press release from October 2009, followed by ESPN’s breaking news from yesterday on Obama’s plan to proceed with a sweeping nationwide recreational fishing ban:

Obama Administration Ignores $125 Billion Sportfishing Industry in New Ocean and Great Lakes Management Policy:

October 5, 2009 – Alexandria, Va. – A sweeping oceans and Great Lakes management policy document proposed by the Obama Administration will have a significant impact on the sportfishing industry, America’s saltwater anglers and the nation’s coastal communities. The draft policy, the Interim Report of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force, issued on September 17, will govern federal Pacific and Atlantic Ocean waters and Great Lakes resource conservation and management and will coordinate these efforts among federal, state and local agencies. This past June, President Obama created the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force, led by the Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), to develop a draft national policy and implementation strategy for conserving and managing the United States ocean territory and the Great Lakes.

“While we are by and large supportive of the intent of the Interim Report, the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) has serious concerns regarding the direction the administration is taking regarding how to manage our nation’s marine and freshwater public resources, choosing a tone of preservation over conservation,” said ASA Vice President Gordon Robertson. “We are very disappointed that the task force failed to recognize recreational fishing’s significant conservation, economic and social contributions and include recreational fishing as a key policy component. The sportfishing community strongly supports healthy and abundant ocean, coastal and fishery resources which have a direct impact on sustaining vibrant local coastal communities. Outdoor recreation, especially recreational fishing, is an integral part of coastal economies throughout this nation and therefore should be included as a priority in any national ocean policy.”

“In regards to recreational fishing specifically, it is a long-standing policy of the federal government to allow public access to public lands and waters for recreational purposes consistent with sound conservation including the nation’s wildlife refuges, national forests, and national parks and should be reflected in a national policy for the oceans and Great Lakes. In fact, the use of public resources by recreational anglers is essential to the conservation model used in this country for fish and wildlife management,” said ASA Ocean Resource Policy Director Patty Doerr.

Doerr further said, “As with any good federal policy decision, discussions about measures that may restrict public access to public resources must involve an open public process, have a solid scientific basis and incorporate specific guidelines on implementation and follow-up. We are very concerned about the abbreviated 90 day timeline which forced the Task Force to issue this policy document prematurely. The implications of such a policy are vast and nationwide. Therefore, the review process should be very deliberate and go well beyond the 30 days public review and comment period which started on September 17.” The Task Force’s Interim Report is currently under a 30-day public review and comment period.

Since 1950, with the passage of the Sport Fish Restoration Act, anglers and the sportfishing industry have provided the bulk of funding for fisheries conservation and management in the United States through fishing license fees and the federal manufacturers excise tax on recreational fishing equipment. According to NOAA Fisheries, saltwater anglers contribute over $82 billion annually to the economy. Despite taking only three percent of the saltwater fish harvested each year, the recreational sector creates nearly half the jobs coming from domestic saltwater fisheries.

Follow-up from ESPN on March 8, 2010:

The Obama administration will accept no more public input for a federal strategy that could prohibit U.S. citizens from fishing the nation’s oceans, coastal areas, Great Lakes, and even inland waters.

This announcement comes at the time when the situation supposedly still is “fluid” and the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force still hasn’t issued its final report on zoning uses of these waters.

That’s a disappointment, but not really a surprise for fishing industry insiders who have negotiated for months with officials at the Council on Environmental Quality and bureaucrats on the task force. These angling advocates have come to suspect that public input into the process was a charade from the beginning.

“When the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) completed their successful campaign to convince the Ontario government to end one of the best scientifically managed big game hunts in North America (spring bear), the results of their agenda had severe economic impacts on small family businesses and the tourism economy of communities across northern and central Ontario,” said Phil Morlock, director of environmental affairs for Shimano.

“Now we see NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and the administration planning the future of recreational fishing access in America based on a similar agenda of these same groups and other Big Green anti-use organizations, through an Executive Order by the President. The current U.S. direction with fishing is a direct parallel to what happened in Canada with hunting: The negative economic impacts on hard working American families and small businesses are being ignored.

“In spite of what we hear daily in the press about the President’s concern for jobs and the economy and contrary to what he stated in the June order creating this process, we have seen no evidence from NOAA or the task force that recreational fishing and related jobs are receiving any priority.”

Consequently, unless anglers speak up and convince their Congressional representatives to stop this bureaucratic freight train, it appears that the task force will issue a final report for “marine spatial planning” by late March, with President Barack Obama then issuing an Executive Order to implement its recommendations — whatever they may be.

Led by NOAA’s Jane Lubchenco, the task force has shown no overt dislike of recreational angling, but its indifference to the economic, social and biological value of the sport has been deafening.

Additionally, Lubchenco and others in the administration have close ties to environmental groups who would like nothing better than to ban recreational angling. And evidence suggests that these organizations have been the engine behind the task force since before Obama issued a memo creating it last June.

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Additionally, some of these same organizations have revealed their anti-fishing bias by playing fast and loose with “facts,” in attempts to ban tackle containing lead in the United States and Canada.

That same tunnel vision, in which recreational angling and commercial fishing are indiscriminately lumped together as harmful to the resource, has persisted with the task force, despite protests by the angling industry.

From Canada Free Press, Obama’s Latest Assault on Freedom– New Regulations Will Ban Sport Fishing:

Barack Obama has a message for America’s 60,000,000 anglers– We don’t need you.

The American Sportfishing Association reported back in October about the sweeping changes proposed by the Obama Administration in regards to the sport fishing industry.

From Associated Content, Obama to Ban Recreational Fishing?:

The Obama administration is considering new environmental rules that would, in effect ban recreational fishing in the United States, according to ESPN. This move is apparently being contemplated under pressure from environmental groups.

“The Obama administration will accept no more public input for a federal strategy that could prohibit U.S. citizens from fishing the nation’s oceans, coastal areas, Great Lakes, and even inland waters.

“This announcement comes at the time when the situation supposedly still is “fluid” and the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force still hasn’t issued its final report on zoning uses of these waters.

“That’s a disappointment, but not really a surprise for fishing industry insiders who have negotiated for months with officials at the Council on Environmental Quality and bureaucrats on the task force. These angling advocates have come to suspect that public input into the process was a charade from the beginning.”

The excuse for this contemplated ban is the notion that recreational fishing as well as commercial fishing is depleting the stock of fish in American waters. This notion is disputed by fishing groups, which fear not only that a ban would prohibit Americans from pursuing a traditional form of recreation, but also devastate the industry that supports recreational fishing. Angling groups maintain that there is no basis in science for an attempt to ban recreational fishing.

If the ban is ordered, it would likely come via executive order rather than an attempt to have Congress pass legislation. Various environmental groups are demanding that such an executive order be issued as soon as possible.

Also consider this Glenn Beck video on the federal government’s attempt to grab control of all US waters, which I posted back in January… it appears this could be maybe-sorta-probably linked to, or be part of a bigger picture, to the proposed recreational fishing ban, although I could be wrong, but I don’t think so:

Glenn Beck Show: Federal Power Grab: Clean Water Restoration Act; CWRA; Federal Control of ALL Water, Even Ponds | December 2009

 

UPDATE: Just found this post at RedState, Obama: The Will Of The People Be Damned – I’LL Decide Who Can Go Fishing:

The Obama administration will accept no more public input for a federal strategy that could prohibit U.S. citizens from fishing the nation’s oceans, coastal areas, Great Lakes, and even inland waters.

I had to read that 3 times before it sank in…and then I did a little research. Guess what old Barack (I’ve never had a fishing rod in my hand a day in my life) Obama has been up to since last year? Plotting a Federal takeover of all our bodies of water (freshwater…saltwater…doesn’t matter), in an effort to set up MORE bureaucracies and circumvent the rights of the States to determine fair use and access rules amongst themselves based on the local interests of everyone involved.

If he was out to ban recreational fishing this piece would be easy enough to write; scream a little, stomp my feet, vow he’ll have to pry my fishing rod from my cold dead hands, etc…and be done with it. Problem is, this is much darker and more corrupt than that.

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More info here, and a call for some Asian Carp-killing love here. Don’t miss the policy pdf here if you really want your head to explode. Read between the lines folks…this will lock down oil exploration faster and farther than the moratorium Congress JUST let expire ever did, and allows the greenies to set policy for fishing AND boating (at the expense of millions of jobs and billions of boating and fishing industry dollars).

The White House plan would establish 9 regional planning bodies (bureaucracies) whose job would be to bring “Federal, State, and Tribal Partners together” to look for ways to “decrease user conflicts; improve planning and regulatory efficiencies and decrease their associated costs and delays; and preserve critical ecosystem function and services.”

From Say Anything, Because He’s Not Unpopular Enough: Obama Pushes Ahead With Fishing Ban:

…A ban on fishing would bring a visceral reaction from the public, to be sure.

But even so, that a bill like this could even get this much serious consideration is an indication of just how far left Obama has shifted the federal government.

Hot Air weighs in on the potential fishing ban:

I’m going to go out on a limb and predict that he will not, in fact, ban fishing, but the meta-narrative is so irresistible — elitist President Arugula coming to grab the bitter-clingers’ rods and reels! — that it simply must be blogged.

Odds of a Palin Facebook comment: High.

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Granted, it’s worrisome that environmentalists seem to have captured the task force, but follow the link for details about how many jobs are at stake if angling gets scaled back dramatically to please the greens. Think The One’s going to hand Republicans that talking point in this political climate? How excited do you suppose red-district Democrats will be to see the White House bring down the hammer on fly fishermen with an election eight months away?

Could local fishin' holes, like this one with Andy, Opie, and Barney, be outlawed under new Obama mandates? Don't know...

From Michelle Malkin: Obama’s war on fishing?!?!?!

Longtime readers know I love to fish and have been at war with the anti-fishing nuts at PETA for years.

JWF flags a story today from ESPN about Obama regulatory maneuvers that look to limit fishing access:

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Sacrificing jobs for the green agenda. Conducting Kabuki theater on public input. Business as usual for the Obama White House.

See United We Fish for more info on how to push back.

From The American Pundit, Obama Administration May Ban Recreational Fishing:

Why? Because lefty environmental groups are demanding stricter regulations on fishing. So the Obama Administration, indebted to such groups, is considering a ban on recreational fishing. More government interference in your life, in other words…

…Put simply, the “task force” will do whatever lefty environmental groups demand. Progressivism is all about controlling your life and the economy, and banning recreational fishing by private citizens will work towards both goals.

New restrictions are also looming for commercial fishing… WBUR NEWS & WIRE SERVICES: Fishermen Gather For Summit On Industry’s Fate

This “hopenchange” just keeps getting better all the time. Anglers, make your voices heard in Washington before it’s too late. Same goes to fishing equipment manufacturers, the boating industry, sporting goods stores, bait and tackle shops, lakeside mom-and-pop bed-and-breakfast lodges, municipalities that rely on fishing license revenues, and myriad other companies and industries that will be crushed to oblivion by Obama’s pending “screw you” assault on Americans’ rights.

Fishing in Zurich may become endangered if animal rights lawyers have their way... likewise now in the United States with Pres. Obama's proposed ban on all sports fishing

 

UPDATE: Gateway Pundit produces more documentation… Leftist Media Giggles Over Sport Fishing Ban

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48 Responses to “Pres. Obama Now Wants to Ban Sports Fishing, Make Recreational Fishing a Crime – Update: Glenn Beck Video on Gov’t’s US Water Grab Efforts”

  1. Jack says:

    Obama’s a moron.

  2. B.Gris from CT says:

    Quick comment from a concerned angler,
    Ok folks, calm down now. I was a bit frantic when I read about another Obama power grab and another bone headed decision to ban recreational fishing in the US. We can all relax. Research it yourself and find the real story, or be lazy and believe me, because the story is bunk. To no great surprise, it appears that ESPN gets the credit for ignorance when it comes to verifying the accuracy of this story.
    According to NOAA, (who was said by ESPN to be the recommending factor) there is no such consideration to ban recreational fishing. They further state that ESPN appears to be the origin of the rumor. In the very least, ESPN bastardized a story about the banning of Weakfish harvests in Chesapeek bay area, and translated it to imply that all recreational fishing in the US will be banned.
    Don’t you believe it. Obama may be an idiot at times, but he’s not that stupid.

  3. Neil says:

    As I was reading this post, I had a lot to say. Vinnie pretty much summed it up for me. It’s time for America to wake up! I went to Washington to stand against this, but I don’t think it matters. I think it’s only going to get worse.