Monday, December 14, 2009

The Death of Science?

To my East coast friends,

"The scientists were so convinced by their own science and so driven by a cause "that unless you're with them, you're against them," said Mark Frankel, director of scientific freedom, responsibility and law at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He also reviewed the communications."

This quote has to do with the swiping of over 1,000 e-mails from scientists at the University of East Anglia. It sounds like the 'science' we see in the North Pacific, and the quiescence of organizations like the University of Alaska and the state Administration. And of course what drives the scientists in Alaska are the big trawl companies and their hired guns in the NPFMC and in their trade associations.

I remember when I was a development specialist in fisheries in state government, my boss said that the lobbyist for the shore plants had come through and threatened the job of anyone getting in their way. True story. And by the way, I like the guy who said, "I don't need science, I've seen it for myself." That's what Greenpeace was talking about too when they video taped and physically observed all the bottom trawl destruction in the Pribilof Canyon that wasn't supposed to be there, and then NMFS just blew them off so they wouldn't have to put it in the record.

Remember when my Blog was 'hacked' and Blogspot took it down? A webmaster told me that it could have been done by posting vulgarity in my comments section. That was one day after I had a discussion with Mark Vinsel, the Executive Director of United Fishermen of Alaska. UFA later bragged about their prowess in Internet subterfuge in an Anchorage Daily News blog. That is, before the Highliner blog was discontinued. (One UFA functionary was maybe talking too much for the larger cartel to tolerate? The guy got replaced as President of UFA by Joe Childers.)

The point of all this is that my e-mail account is not secure, and a patent attorney told me once not to send anything by e-mail. So when we started e-mailing about sending a floating buying station to Kodiak, immediately a measure iwas brought to the Kodiak City Council to ban 'floaters' from Kodiak waters. That would be unconstitutional under two constitutions, and the gall of these people isn't the point either. The point is that they don't see any common ground with regular people. And in taking this step, they have suddenly revealed a lot about themselves. ('They' is represented in large measure in Kodiak by Julie Bonney, dba Groundfish Data Bank.) Julie Bonney has also asked the NPFMC to consider banning 'floaters' from the Gulf of Alaska.

These requests would be laughable and never be considered worthy of putting on paper by the most callous 'privatizer' if it weren't for the zealousness of large numbers of people in this sector of natural resource extraction. It is a small group in the overall scheme of things, and their goal is to maximize their share of the taking of the marine resources and/or being a quisling to it all. (I just read that there was a Nazi collaborator in Norway named Quisling.) It is the usual function of a democratic government to protect the 99% of us who actually own the resource, but in this case the government is complicit in the theft. Does Jane Lubchenko have a personality disorder or something? Anybody know?

The trawlers in the Gulf of Alaska and the processing companies there have put the fear in not only government functionaries, but a whole swath of society. In 2009, the local newspaper, the Kodiak Daily Mirror, stopped writing about the subject of 'privatization' of the marine resources. I'm sure a lot of people have thought of me, "That's all well and good to stand on principle, but you if you want to get a job in the industry you just can't speak up." And I have been told that to my face, but have never entertained the thought of compromising my principles.

Where is this going? The Bering Sea has been lost. The Gulf of Alaska is being lost. Don't let the same thing happen to the Gulf of Maine and other swaths of Atlantic fishing grounds. The federal fisheries management council system is not bottom-up management. You are bottom-up management. And this winter is the last chance to exercise your constitutional right to help manage common resources properly. It won't be 'common' after this. I gave four years of my life to shed light on all this. Please consider taking part in these new initiatives to alter our fisheries management paradigm, constructively and tirelessly. Vaya con Dios.

P.S., Consider how much easier it is to go to Council meetings on the East coast compared to the North Pacific where they conduct meetings far removed from the fishermen. I don't know how far it is from Portland, OR to Dutch Harbor, AK, but that's the range of meeting places. That alone partly explains why Alaska's fisheries were 'lost.' It's like being invaded and all your crops being confiscated, like when one million Ukranians starved to death when the Communists took their crops under the guise of socialism. Here they call it 'rationalization,' but it's still just stealing.