A major consumer advocacy group has released a new study of fishery job losses caused by the regulatory program being pushed by the Obama administration and its National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the organization is calling for a halt to any expansion of any catch share programs.
It is a known fact out here in Small Family Business World; when government gets involved it usually means confusion, heavy paper work, and higher costs to do business."Catch shares only increase profits for some fishermen by cutting hundreds out of the fishery entirely," according to the executive summary of the report, titled "Fish, Inc.""Widespread job loss and reduced wages drag coastal communities ... into dire economic situations," the report continues. "Meanwhile, a privileged few are able to profit from exclusive access to a public resource."The Washington, D.C. based non-profit warned that the administration's catch share policy will do to the fisheries what consolidation and corporatization did to the small family farm.