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R.I.P. New England Fishing Post Mortems

Incredible tax payer funded destruction of U.S. coastal communities by NOAA finally documented-

Fishing Wars, Drowning in Regulations

“Countless Lives Destroyed”-Dead in The Water-

“The Death of a Way of Life”-Sacred Cod

“The End is Here”-Past the Breakwater

“The Dreams of Our Children, Wiped Out”-A Fish Story

The Wealth and Countless Communities Destroyed by Fraudulent Fisheries Management”-Gloucester’s Golden Age of Fishing-

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6/03/16 NOAA’s Decades Old Fraudulent and Incompetent Fisheries Management ‘Bullship’ Takes Direct Hits-“God Help Us”-Jim Russo Comments

11/11/16 Fish And Men-The story/video of the destruction of the 400 year old New England fishing industry and the comminities they support.

10/4/16 NOAA Fisheries Management Fraud Blown Wide Open! Jim Russo Comments

10/4/16 How a ‘rouge’ environmental group transformewd American fisheries

8/31/16 “God Help Us”-Above The Waves, Connecticut Fishermen Struggle to Hold On-Jim Russo Comments 

8/5/16 NOAA Fisheries Management Fraud Not Tolerated in NY-“Feds Back Off Controversial Plan To Close Commercial Bluefish Fishery Mid-Season” Jim Russo Comments

NOAA’s decades old fraudulent and incompetent fisheries management takes direct hit from Maine Voices!!!


Supporting Story-6/12/16 Gloucester Times-Fishermen Calling NOAA on Fisheries Management Fraud


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Sinking of The Orin C. – Why U.S. Fisheries Management Needs To Change

Sinking of The Orin C. – Why U.S. Fisheries Management Needs To Change-Original Gloucester Times Story Link

On December 3, 2015 the 51′ Orin C. rapidly succumbed to 12′ seas, leaving three men bobbing in the dark, 49 degree waters 12 miles off Gloucester MA. Crewmen Rick Palmer and Travis Lane were able to swim to safety, but the Coast Guard could not revive Captain David ‘Heavy D’ Sutherlund after a rescue swimmer reached him.

The Orin C. was originally owned by a long time friend of mine, John Borden, of Westport, MA. The Orin C was a highline offshore lobster boat for many years. I made several multi-day trips on the Orin C. gillnetting codfish in the late 80’s, and I can say the boat was incredibly seaworthy for it’s size. The boat was named after John’s friend, Orin Crapo, who died when his lobster boat was apparently run down by a tug-and-barge somewhere south of Westport MA in 1975.

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***Sig Hansen and RI Fishermen’s Alliance Call U.S. Fisheries Disaster Back in 2008***

The destruction of the commercial fisherman in the United States and communities that support them by federal and state fisheries managers should be of the utmost concern to Americans. The importance of this issue cannot be underestimated as our country moves through unprecedented stormy economic times.

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Rhode Island Quahog Week and State Sponsored Fisheries Discrimination-Jim Russo Comments

This article which was published during ‘Rhode Island Quahog Week’ is a classic example of RI State sponsored fisheries discrimination which was released during Rhode Island Quahog Week…Jim Russo comments...

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NOAA’s Decades Old Worn Out Scarcity Story Challenged Again-This Time By Southern New England Lobster Industry

NOAA’s outdated and decades old, self-serving and worn out story line about doom and gloom fisheries status is disputed by the southern New England lobster industry.

The latest lobster stock assessment found lobsters in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank are doing well; but lobsters in southern New England are not. Most southern New England fishermen disagree with that assessment.

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End To 4 Centuries of New England Ground-Fishing??

Management Claims There are No Fish, But Fisherman Can Catch Their Annual Quota of Cod, Flounder or Haddock in One Day. WHAT??? Jim Russo Comments

Fishermen and fishing stakeholders say the darkness that has descended on the Northeast ground-fish fishery over the past three years is only going to grow deeper in 2016, with some fishing stakeholders envisioning the final collapse of the small-boat industry due to slashed quotas for species they believe are abundant. Read more….

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NOAA Fisheries Management Created Outrageous FISHING MOGUL and CODFATHER (while most of the industry has been starved out) with 40+ Boats-is Arrested on Federal Conspiracy Charges

NOAA Fisheries Management Created Outrageous FISHING MOGUL and CODFATHER (while most of the industry has been starved out) with 40+ Boats is Arrested on Federal Conspiracy Charges

Federal authorities raided one of the best-known seafood wholesalers in the Northeast Friday morning, arresting owner Carlos Rafael on charges of conspiracy and falsifying records. Read more…

CURSE OF THE CODFATHERGreat National Fisherman article…Jim Russo comments

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Sealords and Sharecroppers

NOAA Fisheries Management Creates SEA LORDS and SHARECROPPERS- Permit for 7048 Pounds of Red Snapper A Year = $267,000!!!

A little-known federal program has turned dozens of Gulf of Mexico fishermen into the lords of the sea who are able to earn millions annually without even going fishing. The program also transformed dozens more into modern-day serfs who must pay the lords for the right to harvest red snapper….Read more and view a great video

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Outrageous and Absurd NOAA and EDF Gulf Red Snapper Management gets MORE Outrageous and Absurd

The future of recreational fishing in the Gulf of Mexico is for sale in Texas.

While charter boats and private recreational anglers in the Gulf were only allowed to catch red snapper in federal waters on 10 days last year, two companies in Galveston, Texas have been taking recreational anglers red snapper fishing all year round.

What’s more, the companies allow the fishermen to keep as many red snapper as they want each day, blowing past the two-fish-per-day federal limit.

The only thing limiting how many snapper the customers are allowed to keep is how much they are willing to pay.

The Texas companies have been getting around the federal limits and seasons by selling the “Catch Shares Fishing Experience.” The Texas companies involved own “catch shares” of the commercial red snapper fishery that allow them to harvest a set number of pounds per year for commercial sale.

Instead of catching those fish with a professional crew and selling them to a fish house, the captains are taking recreational anglers fishing and letting them buy the fish afterward. READ MORE….


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What more needs to be said after the articles are read? The U.S. people have been sold out to mega-corporations fronting as ‘environmental activists’/NGO’s that want to privatize public resources for corporate control. The result of this is-the ‘unwashed masses’ (fishermen and fishing communities) are destroyed by this money and greed driven agenda. ‘Divide  and Conquer’  has always been the agenda of U.S. fisheries policies, and it has worked perfectly (or not). 

The conclusions are undeniable…it all happened in 2010-2012 with Amendment 16 ‘Catch Shares’ and Jane Lubchenco of NOAA/EDF. This was the last nail in the coffin of the U.S. Fishermen

The Worst of The One Percent?-Walmart and The Selling Out of U.S. Public Resources 11/11 

Walton Family Foundation Dumped $91.4 Million Into Greenwashing in 2012: Walmarting U.S. Rivers and Oceans 12/13

Walmart Heirs Fund Anti-Fishing Activists 8/11 

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Commercial Clam Boat Stirs Connecticut Waters-Jim Russo Comments

Commercial Clam Boat Stirs Connecticut Waters-Jim Russo Comments-Story Link

A commercial clam lease in Connecticut worth a few hundred dollars a year affords owner $1.6 million clam boat!!! This is another good example of how public fisheries resources are sold off to benefit the very few. Read more…

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Misfits For Magnuson-National Fisherman-Jim Russo Comments

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I admit I had the wind knocked out of my sails late last week when I read that President Obama has opted to dismiss out of hand Alaska Rep. Don Young’s Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization draft, reportedly based on the advice of his staff.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) was one of many bipartisan speakers at the 2012 D.C. rally to reform Magnuson. Jessica Hathaway photoAfter the industry mustered support for the bill that could possibly be a Hail Mary pass for the Northeast groundfish fleet, I was excited to see it get widespread support (though Senate approval was uncertain), because that means more people understand the inordinate amount of pain under which New England fishing ports and fleets are operating right now (not to mention the forecast for harbors all along the Eastern Seaboard). Read more…

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NPR Fisheries Propaganda Story Busted by CFOOD Highly Respected Independent Fisheries Scientist

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Fisheries Management Disaster-Epic Crimes against humanity for corporate greed and power

Fisheries Management Disaster Part 1 could be one of the most important films made that documents how corporate control for seafood destroys lives. livelihoods, and the communities fishermen support. The insidious fisheries management tactic of ‘divide and conquer’ is clearly illustrated and documented in Fisheries Management Disaster, which dates back to the mid 1990’s.

This ‘divide and conquer’ tactic is the same tactic that has been used over the last 30 years to destroy the centuries old New England fishing industry.

It is clear to see in the video the impact of taking a man’s right to work away. This right is the eternal ‘Rights of Man’, the undeniable right to freedom. Fisheries Management Disaster shows how a few people can destroy the lives of many, just because they can, or because they just-‘don’t want you to’, as illustrated in ‘Swim That Rock.’ 

Be sure to watch fisheries Management Disaster Part 2. 

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7/4/16 July 4TH and Independence Day-Rhode Island Royal Charter of 1663 Desecrated in the Rhode Island Shellfish Management Plan


The Rhode Island Royal Charter of 1663 has been described as  “the grandest instrument of human liberty ever constructed.” One of the most powerful provisions was ‘The Rights of Man’ which, along with other basic freedoms, granted citizens of Rhode Island Free and Common access to public fisheries resources and the vital, life giving seafood this access provides.

Rhode Island is VERY unique among U.S. coastal states because of the fact that most coastal states manage their shellfish resources (fish that don’t move or swim) on a town or township basis. In most coastal states, you can only shellfish in the town you live in. For example, if you live in Westport MA, you cannot shellfish in bordering Dartmouth MA, or any other coastal town in MA, for that matter. This greatly restricts access to vital shellfish resources for people in many coastal states.

Rhode Island is very unique among coastal states because regardless of where you live in the state, RI residents have Free and Common access to shellfish resources anywhere in state waters. The Rhode Island Charter is an incredibly powerful tool of freedom and the Rights of Man.

Over the last several decades, the Free and Common access to Narragansett Bay granted by the Rhode Island Royal charter has been desecrated, especially by the Rhode Island Shellfish Management Plan and the agenda pushed ‘privatizing of public fisheries resources’ and aquaculture.

It’s time to celebrate independence and freedom beyond catch phrases, keywords and scripted talking points. Support the Free and Common and be true liberty and freedom loving people who live by the concept of our founders-Peace Through Prosperity For All!

Wikipedia Link to Rhode Island Royal Charter of 1663

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April 29, 2013 Boston Fish Pier Rally Demands Disaster Deceleration for New England Fishing Industry

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Jimmy Wampum – RI Mussel Man

“I fed about 3500 people a wild, organic, and nutritious seafood product with that one boatload, which took a few hours to get. It was such a great feeling to take an underutilized  food source that was just lying at the bottom of Narragansett Bay, in unimaginable abundance, and feed people with it. The best part of the mussel boom of 2009-2010 was the fact that it was a rare fishery that ‘the management’ had not destroyed by limiting in any way, beyond permitting and licensing. By the time ‘the management’ noticed the Narragansett Bay mussel fishery, which had not been seen in 20-30 years, the mussel resource was already well into it’s second boom year. The few guys that were involved in the fishery watched the mussels go through their normal 2-3 year growth cycle, then watched them all die off within a matter of weeks. There was nothing left to manage, thanks to mother nature. The most amazing part of the mussel fishery was-‘the experts and management’  knew virtually nothing about it, which meant the didn’t have a chance to ruin it!” Jim Russo/2014

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