Tuesday, March 2, 2010

4,000 NY fishermen & Chuck Schumer

YEAA another round of compliants from the NYC side. Government Over regulation
If I recall a bill was introduced near the end of 2009 to repeal the new marine fee. Remember now, Chuck has long been an advocate for New York's fishing industry.

So out of the blue this email shows up in my inbox with this summation:


To all,

I am finding that certain complaints that get lodged against the NYSCC and/or its members come back and make the original complainers look like asses.

1. The Pete Grannis DEC Commissioner Appointment- Remember how certain 'sportsman groups" lashed out at the NYSCC for not trying to stop Grannis from getting that job? In its 75 year history I have not ever seen any evidence where the Council has ever taken any steps to do anything like this or for that matter actually ever had the power to stop an appointment of this kind. Charlie Hancock (CFAB) recently reported to us at the 2/7/10 meting of the FLCC @ DEC headquarters in Avon that to date he has had no difficulty dealing with Grannis and usually tries to make an attempt to cooperate if Charlie asks something of him.

2. Marine License, NYS- Here is a quote from a recent update from NYSCC president Howard Cushing Jr.- "Several fishing organizations have gone to Senator Schumer to get legislation passed to repeal the Marine License. It seems a little odd that some who opposed the Council having any connection with Schumer are now asking him to champion their cause. Something fishy there?" When the Marine License issue was presented to us in the Council we were told two things: A. The Feds were going to jam a license down our throats if NYS did not come up with their own. B. At least with that license in place then you can get Pittman-Robertson/Dingel-Johnson funds which are badly needed in the state.

Here is the latest in a long line of articles on the subject on NY's fishing over-regulation.

I Fish, I Vote (not to be confused with "I am a gun owners and vote!")

More than 4,000 fishermen and their supporters shouted those words in front of the Capitol on Wednesday during the United We Fish rally to protest federal fishing regulations imposed by the Magnuson-Stevens Act

Read more follow the link

Then the blog comments: Chuck sleeps w/Da fishes.


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