thole/ n: a wooden pin set vertically in the gunwale of a boat to serve as a fulcrum for an oar; vi: to suffer; endure; undergo
Friday, October 14, 2016
NOAA Office of Law Enforcement Pre-warns Trawler Violators CYA
We have always suspected a certain collusion between processors/trawlers and the NOAA Office of Law Enforcement. We know if we step over the line there is no hesitation in issuing us a Notice of Violation and Assessment (NOVA). Well here is a memo warning trawlers and processors to cover your ass (CYA) about misreporting your catches. Since when does law enforcement warn violators before taking appropriate action? Does it depend on who you are?
Hide your violations? No wonder they don't want EM on the trawlers. Something like 75% of current GOA trawling is NOT observed. So if no one sees your violation...but OLE did...so issue a NOVA! Maddening.
A local rock-perching observer of Gulf of Alaska fisheries who is fed up with the lies and deceptions rampant in Kodiak regarding the world's dirtiest fishing gear type, trawling. Unless bycatch and benthic damage are brought under control, the short term profits of trawling will result in the death of the Goose that lays the golden eggs...the Gulf of Alaska. Join us in our fight to overthrow the corporate oligarchs and democratize Alaska fisheries for long term sustainability.