Management Issues

Sig Hansen and the RI Fisherman’s Alliance Call US Fisheries Disaster back in 2008

defiant2.5The destruction of the commercial fisherman in the United States and the 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.

The system of state and federal management that has been developed over the last 30 years has led to the destruction of the right of communities to meet one of the most vital needs of it’s people- real food.  Local commercial fisherman supplying food to the inhabitants of communities throughout the world is as old as time.

The local commercial fisherman still holds a revered position in many societies. The village is waiting onshore in gratitude for the return of the heroic fisherman, and the life giving healthy food they catch.  In the U.S., and many other industrialized nations, the commercial fisherman has been demonized by regulators and environmentalists as blight on society.

Free and Common promotes the awareness of this issue, and defends  the basic constitutional rights of local communities to insure their commercial fisherman have the access to vital fisheries resources their communities need to survive.

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This is a great documentary about the North Oyster Bay, NY, Baymen’s Association, and their opposition to the destruction of the free and common right to fish and gather food and the privatization of public resources – “The Rights of Man”.

We have a moral obligation to pay attention to the destruction the social fabric of coastal communities by the prioritization of public resources which rips off the public and benefits the few. Jim Russo is proud to be the outspoken leader bringing this message to the people of the Ocean State, U.S., and the world through Free and

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Bay of Imbalance-EXCELLENT!!!!

North Oyster Bay Baymen’s Association Facebook Page-Click on Pic



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