Environmentalism by Decree

SUBHEAD: Is Obama dictating more U.S. control over the endangered Pacific or is he the danger himself?

By Lynn McNutt on 30 July 2014 in Island Breath -

Image above: Scene from recent movie starring Godzilla, a monster created in the Pacific Ocean by America's nuclear program after World War Two is still a threat. From (http://www.ibtimes.com/godzilla-full-trailer-released-2014-watch-bryan-cranston-get-scared-video-1557918).

Pacific Fishing Proposal Town Hall Meeting concerning expansion restricted fishing in the U.S. Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monuments (PRIMNM).

Monday, 11 August 2014 from 5:00 to 7:00pm

Ala Moana Hotel, Carnation Room,
410 Atkinson Drive
Honolulu, Hawaii

Hawaii Fishermen's Alliance for Conservation and Tradition (HFACT.org) Motto: "The Ears and Voice of Hawaii's Fishermen"Position: "Expanding the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument is wrong on all fronts."

Written comments will be taken by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) a division of the U.S. Commerce Department.  Email: PRI@noaa.gov no later than 15 August 2014.

Be there August 11, 2014, for a town hall meeting at the Ala Moana Hotel, Carnation Room, 410 Atkinson Drive Honolulu, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. to discuss President Obama's proposal to expand protections of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument (PRIMNM). This area includes The Marshall Islands, Wake, Jarvis, Pamyra, Howard and Baker Island as well as nearby Johnston Atoll.

[IB Editor's note: HFACT obviously has a dog in this fight. The fact remains that 90% of the marine megafauna have been fished out of the Pacific Ocean. The fishing industry has been anything but sustainable. Besides the pressure by over-fishing we face three other Pacific wide catastrophes - 1) industrial waste and garbage creating multiple gigantic gyres of floating toxic debris - 2) Man made global warming and ocean acidification destroying environments reefs everywhere - 3) The continuing monumental disbursal into the Pacific Ocean of radioactive elements from the meltdown of multiple nuclear reactors in Fukushina, Japan. It is long overdue that humans had a "time-out" in the Pacific.] 

WHY THE ISSUE IS IMPORTANT TO YOU: Your fishing areas may be next!

  • President Obama has signaled the he is interested in expanding an area by more than 700,000 square miles that President Bush closed to the sustainable U.S. Pacific fishing fleet in 2009.
  • To visualize the size of the proposed expanded area, if overlaid upon the Gulf of Mexico, it would cover the Gulf entirely and then some.
  • Closing more waters will accomplish very few, if any, of the conservation benefits advocated by supporters of the expansion.
  • President Obama can, without agreement from Congress, cause the expansion to happen. (Sen Murkowski (AK), has introduced legislation to block the Obama Administration from unilaterally using the Antiquities Act to lock up millions of acres of public lands and waters.)
  • Expansion of the monument will further erode U.S. fishermen opportunities to successfully compete against foreign nations.
  • Remember, your fishing areas could be next. Science should prevail. Not whim.
[IB Editor's note: There are others with dogs in this fight - not the least of them the US Navy whose two largest test range facilities for the practice of continual war in the Pacific Ocean overlap the Marine National Monuments: The Mariana Test & Training Area (MITT) overlaps the Mariana Trench Marine National Monument (MTMNM) and the Hawaii Island Range Complex (HIRC) overlaps the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument  (NWHMNM) and the proposed Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument (PMNM). See (http://www.islandbreath.org/2014Year/06/140626overallbig.jpg) for a more detailed map. The post World War Two claims of the United States encompasses much of the Pacific Ocean from Hawaii to Japan, Korea and the Philippines. It would seem the American military would be perfectly happy with Obama's expansion of fishing restrictions. Our advise is trust no-one with a dog in the fight.]


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