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City balks at NOAA agent's pending arrival -

There are 2 comments on the SouthCoastToday.com story from Jan 1, 2011, titled City balks at NOAA agent's pending arrival -. In it, SouthCoastToday.com reports that:

There is no welcome mat for a federal fisheries law enforcement officer being transferred to New Bedford after being involved in the prosecutorial abuses uncovered in the Gloucester office of NOAA.

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Frank Haggerty

Mattapoisett, MA

#1 Jan 1, 2011
Will 2011 end New Bedford as a fishing port ?

This transfer to New Bedford is a new years resolution by NOAA to increase prosecutorial abuse and selective prosecution of fisheries. The federal government has an agenda to make New Bedford Harbor the ocean wind turbine port of New England. New Bedford Harbor has a time constraint to get dock space by the end of this year (2011).

This most recent move by NOAA is in response to the local politicians in the past have called for the NOAA chief's resignation or ouster, they cited the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's "hostility" against the fishing industry. NOAA is committed to undercutting New Bedford's small, independent, coastal business fishermen. More than half the fishing boats in New Bedford are tied up at the docks with mortgages on them with no income.

The New Bedford fishermen as of yesterday are now faced with a 3,000 square mile section of ocean leased to ocean wind turbine developers by state and federal officials. The US Bureau of Ocean Management Regulation and Enforcement is yet another agency working against the fishermen in addition to NOAA.
Frank Haggerty

Mattapoisett, MA

#2 Jan 8, 2011
Wind Turbines in New Bedford Harbor - Fishermen out!

http://www.gloucestertimes.com/breakingnews/x...

January 7, 2011

Update: Outrage greets Commerce chief's refusal to raise fish limits
By Richard Gaines
Staff Writer The Gloucester Daily Times Fri Jan 07, 2011, 07:24 PM EST

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced he would not — and could not — increase catch limits to relieve what Gov. Deval Patrick’s ad hoc scientific research committee had found to be a government-created economic crisis in New England’s fishing communities, bleeding millions from the working fleet through the launch of the catch share management system for the groundfishery.

Locke turned down the pleas of the governor and the congressional delegation, saying that the filing of an economic impact study in November failed to introduce meaningful, new information. So, Locke contended, his hands were tied.

"In the absence of new scientific data,” he wrote in letters to Patrick and the Congressman Barney Frank.“I am ... unable to exercise my emergency rule authority.”

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