Though I agree with Allah that this is unlikely to see the light of day policy-wise. In a political environment that has Obama shouldering a failed economic policy and pushing ahead with a health care agenda most Americans don’t want I just don’t think he’s going to take aim at fishing.
Especially not with the economic costs in terms of jobs and prosperity associated with murdering a huge industry. Not to mention the cultural response. Fishing in America is a time-honored tradition. I doubt there are many Americans out there without a fond memory or two about a fishing trip with friends or family.
A ban on fishing would bring a visceral reaction from the public, to be sure.
But even so, that a policy like this could even get this much serious consideration is an indication of just how far left Obama has shifted the federal government.
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.
When fishing is illegal only criminals will fish.