If you thought that you had heard it all about the Obama Administration’s various wars against the American people and American people then prepare for the latest attack on America: Obama’s War Against Fish and Fishing.
For a supposedly media-savvy administration, this administration has surely made a hash of their optics. We have had a series of scandals, controversies and faux pas’ that have made them look like the ‘Gang that couldn’t shoot straight’. According to Mother Jones Obama has declared war on art least 109 things.
We have had Operation Fast & Furious, the IRS/Tea Party scandal, Benghazi, the AP phone records sweep and Fox News’ James Rosen surveillance. None of these have put the administration in a good light.
Follow that with the current Obamacare website disaster and you start to wonder about the general competence of this group. Now we have the War on Fish which follows the administration’s War on Fishing.
Let’s look at the War on Fishing first. In early 2010, the administration introduced new rules that to stop overfishing of the New England’s fabled cod, flounder, and other bottom-dwelling species.
The rules encouraged boat owners to organize into groups that would be allocated a share of the annual quota for each species, and already fishermen who account for the vast majority of the catch in New England have voluntarily formed groups, called sectors.
The Federal government’s goal was to impose a top-down, command-and-control regime on commercial fishermen. They wanted to close the fisheries into “commodities markets” where the government essentially licenses fishermen and then allocates the catch based on a predetermined distribution plan.
They succeeded in pushing many businesses into — or close to — insolvency. In a statement to the Times soon after her confirmation by the Senate, Jane Lubchenco, who heads the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, office said her goal was to see a “significant fraction of the vessels … removed.” Well, it worked.
Now the administration has moved on to their newest target, rainbow trout. Recently, “This is the enemy here,” Dave Hallac, Yellowstone Park’s chief scientist said after a close inspection of the trout, which had a silvery body with pale pink streaks and black speckles. “A full-blown rainbow.”
Rainbow trout were introduced into the park’s waters over one hundred years ago by the very same agency that now seeks to eliminate them. Park officials are concerned that the rainbow trout are pushing out the native fish species: the cutthroat trout.
In order to restore the cutthroat trout, the park has started requiring visitors to kill all other fish they hook in the Lamar River and two of its tributaries where the native trout still exist. The restoration plan is controversial among some fish lovers, who fear it will reduce the overall number of fish—and the tourists they lure.
Every year more than 40,000 anglers travel to Yellowstone to fish and enjoys the wonders of nature. They feed a multi-million local industry of of tours, tackle shops and hotels.
“It’ll devastate the whole community and we won’t be able to make our living,” said Chris Herpin, a local fishing guide. Like him, most fly fishers release hooked fish back into the water to avoid depleting stocks.
But this isn’t just about fish and fishing. It is just one phase in the administration’s effort to return Yellowstone Park to its original state. The back-to-nature goals of the extreme environmentalists are at odds with modern American life.
They would restrict the American public from enjoying what are considered Public Lands and keep them locked away from any exploitation of their natural resources. It is reminiscent of the closing of forests by early English kings.