RESOLUTION

OPPOSING ANY CHANGE

IN THE DEFINITION OF A COMMERCIAL FISHING OPERATION

WHEREAS, commercial fishing is a vital part of North Carolina’s history, heritage, and culture and represents a crucial component of the economy for Dare County and other coastal communities; and

WHEREAS, according to the NC Division of Marine Fisheries, the sales impact of the harvesting and sale of commercial secl.food is $388,325,000 and the income impact of employed commercial fishermen is $166,066;000; and

WHEREAS, the definition of what constitutes commercial fishing in North Carolina has been determined by th-e General Assembly and has long been established in section 113-168 of North Carolina’s General Statutes; and

WHEREAS, the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission (MFC) is now unde1taking an action to consider changes in the definition of a commercial :fisherman; and

WHEREAS, among the items that the MFC proposes to consider is a requirement that those holding Commercial Fishing licenses must have 50 percentoftheir earned income- from                  the  Trip Ticket Program, genetate 36 Trip Tickets per year, and require those who do not have Trip

Tickets to show proof of $10,000 or more income per year; arid

WHEREAS, no other professional license issued by the State dictates a percentage of income or rhim.mumincome requ:irnment or level of participation in order to qualify; and ,

WHEREAS, the requirements that are being considered by MFC, or any other adverse change they may propose to the definition of Commercial Fishing, would have aha1mful effect on many

of the hard working North Carolinians who now engage in commercial ffshing and already suffer because of government ovenegulation that imposes severe quotas and unnecessary restrictions on fishing seasons, limits, and gear forcing many to talce on additional.jobs and engage in pait­ time businesses in order to responsibly support their families; and

WHEREAS, this latest attempt to redefine commercial fishing is not the first time that the Marine Fisheries Commission haslooked at this matter; and

WHEREAS, over seven years ago, in October of 2010, the Marine Fisheries Commission empaneled a Fishing License Review Taskforce, which examined in detail the requirements for hold.mg a commercial fishing license and concluded that the definition contained in the General

Statutes was adequate and therefore there was no real need to modify the definition of what constitutes a commercial fishe1man;. and

WHEREAS, furthermore, the Final Report from the Fishing License Review Taskforce clearly stated its recommendation that ”no changes are needed to the existing definition.”NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Craven County Board of Commissioners supports the definition of commercial fishing that has been determined by the duly elected members of the North Carolina General Assembly and reflected in the North Carolina General Statutes.

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Craven County Board of Commissioners strongly opposes the unnecessary effort that is now underway by the Marine Fisheries Commission to reexamine the definition of commercial fishing, and urges all coastal communities to adopt similar resolutions, and encourages all residents to vigorously voice their concerns about the latest attempt by the Marine Fisheries Commission to once again redefine commercial fishing.

Adopted this the 5th day of February, 2018.

ATTEST:

Thomas F. Mark, Chairman

Gwendolyn M. Bryant, Clerk to the Board

What is a “Commercial Fisherman?”  

WATCHDOG REPORT
One would think a commercial fisherman is someone who goes out in a boat with the intent to catch enough fish to earn a profit by selling them to people who would like to eat them, or by selling them at wholesale prices to a “fish house” which would then sell them to the folks to eat, right?
Well, not so fast! Apparently, bureaucrats (you know, those unelected bossy folks who think they know better than everyone else) working for the North Carolina government need a much finer definition of what constitutes a “commercial fisherman” in order to properly over-regulate them.
Defining the term “Commercial Fisherman” was the subject of a recent meeting of a North Carolina Fisheries Commission committee held in Morehead City. Some of the brilliant suggestions they came up with follow.
Perhaps they are commercial fishermen if 50% of their earnings come from fishing. (Now that one is wonderful. If a fisherman lucks out and finds something that pays a little bit more than commercial fishing during the time they’re not fishing, they have to tell some bureaucrat about it, and suddenly they’re not commercial fishermen anymore? Just what makes a fisherman’s non-fishing time the business of the bureaucrat anyway?)
Perhaps they are commercial fishermen if they have three dozen trip tickets per year. (Lord! Do these folks have to ask the government’s permission to go fishing? And get a “trip ticket” before they leave the dock? Isn’t this taking the game of “Mother-May-I” way too far?)
Perhaps they are commercial fishermen if they can provide bureaucrats with proof they have paid crew members an income of $10,000 or more per year. (Why is this any business of the bureaucrats? What if the fisherman goes out and doesn’t catch any fish? What if he or she decides to lay low awhile and try again when the season changes; can not paying crew enough money one year cause them to lose their license to fish???)
The rest of the suggestions these unelected bureaucrats came up with in Morehead City seem equally ludicrous to me. What’s worse, they seem designed to cause fishermen to lose their commercial fishing licensesIt actually looks like a campaign designed for the sole purpose of prizing the licenses away. What kind of government runs its entrepreneurs out of business?
To better understand this horror story, take a look at Michelle Malkin‘s recent video on the over-regulation of commercial fisherman. It appeared on CRTV recently, and you can find it at https://www.crtv.com/video/s2e11-preview–fishing-wars–drowning-in-regulations.
In addition, to get an even better understanding of what our North Carolina commercial fishermen are dealing with, listen to CCTA’s “Wake-Up Call” this Sunday (fm 107.1 at 11 a.m. with a replay at 8 p.m.). Jerry Schill is on the program with Rick and our panel, and the whole show deals with the situation. Jerry has been with the North Carolina Fisheries Association for years, formerly as its President, and currently as its Director of Government Relations, and man does he know his subject!
Plus, to keep up with all the (unfortunately) continuing drama, go to www.ncfish.org and request to be on the list to get urgent updates.
Respectfully submitted,
Hal James
CCTA Watchdog Committee Chairman

Craven County Board of Commissioners Support our Commercial fishing Industry

At the most recent Craven County Board of Commissioners meeting, during the Citizens Petitions agenda item, Jerry Shield, Glenn Fink and I petitioned on behalf of our North Carolina Commercial Fisherman explaining the great pressure the recent efforts to reduce their number by the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commision by narrowly defining what a commercial fisherman is. Our last Watchdog Report went into that in some detail. If you missed it your can read it by clicking HERE.

During the Commissioners’ Report agenda item at the end of the meeting, Commissioner Scott Dacey introduced a resolution he proposed to support our commercial fishermen and their families (incidently, when I say “fishermen” I mean men and women).

The Resolved clauses are as follows:

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Craven County Board of Commissioners supports the definition of commercial fishing that has been determined by the duly elected members of the North Carolina General Assembly and reflected in the North Carolina General Statutes.

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Craven County Board of Commissioners strongly opposes the unnecessary effort that is now underway by the Marine Fisheries Commission to reexamine the definition of commercial fishing, and urges all coastal communities to adopt similar resolutions, and encourages all residents to vigorously voice their concerns about the latest attempt by the Marine Fisheries Commission to once again redefine commercial fishing.

Adopted this 5th day of February, 2018.

Signed by Chairman Thomas F. Mark and Clerk to the Board, Gwendolyn M. Bryant.

You can read the entire document if you wish by clicking HERE.

 

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Jerry Schill – NC Fisheries Assoc.

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WORK FORCE NON-DEVELOPMENT?

WATCHDOG REPORT
January 22, 2018
Tammy Childers, Executive Director, Eastern Carolina Workforce Development Board, recently presented an update on the Board’s activities to the Craven County Commissioners.
Among other things in her introduction, Ms. Childers stated that she was tasked to measure the success of the Board.  That was the last time she mentioned anything about successes.
What she did say is that Eastern Carolina workforce Development has an annual budget of $5.6 million dollars and a full time work force of five (5) employees!  She also gave a lot of demographic data you can find many other places at much less cost.  She discussed the “STEM” programs in the community colleges and high schools in glowing terms, as if that Board had invented it.  However, she said ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ABOUT THE SUCCESS OF THE PROGRAMS!  She provided no data on the number of jobs the people they have “assisted” have gained.  In fact, she acknowledged the lower than state averages of employment for their “service” area.
Commissioner Liner pointed out that she had not provided any such data, and I thought to myself, “PLEASE, GEORGE, HIT THAT HARD!”  Sadly, he dropped the subject after a short remark.  What a shame.  Commissioner Jones asked, “Why is unemployment increasing?”  If he got a straight answer, I did not hear it.
Judging from their funding of boards such as this one, the Craven County Board of Commissioners seems hell bent on providing us with a big, expensive, unproductive government!
Respectfully submitted,
Hal James
CCTA Watchdog Committee Chairman

Wakeup 01-14-2018

Mayor of New Bern, Dana Outlaw interview.

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE – January 16

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE

NEXT REGULAR MEETING DATE

January 16, 2017

Introduction of 2018 officers
and VISION for 2018

UPDATE! – Election Irregularities in NC

Major David Goetze (pronounced gets) will give an update on his efforts to expose possible voter fraud and his attempts to reconcile the anomalies he discovered in the 2016 election results data he found on the State Board of Elections website. Efforts to expose voter fraud are ongoing in many states across the country and Major Dave will share what he has learned. An example of the impact that voter fraud could have can be easily understood from the following example:

At  a recent Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Elections meeting, a presentation was given by Mrs. Kim Strach, Executive Director of the State Board of Elections, on the recent local/municipal elections just concluded.

The most significant data revealed was that in those local elections, 109 contest across the state were decided by 10 or fewer votes. 59 of those were decided by 5 or less. A few were decided by only one vote, which raised the issue of the statutory requirement for margins of victory to be within a small percentage in order to trigger a recount. Even that one vote is not sufficient under that statute in some small localities that have a low turnout of less than 100 people to meet even a 1% threshold, so the SBoE is asking the Committee to consider a change to the current statute to address this.

Your Participation in the process is essential. Please come and learn how you can make a difference!

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