FAQ FAQ  Forum Search   Events   Register Register  Login Login

Follow the Money- Fisheries Politics

 Post Reply Post Reply
Author
Rick View Drop Down
Pro
Pro


Joined: 16 July 2003
Location: United States
Status: Offline
Points: 6269
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: Follow the Money- Fisheries Politics
    Posted: 26 August 2019 at 9:05am

I've been involved in fisheries reform since 1996- twenty-three years. I've been involved in the political side of fisheries reform since 2010- nine years. I'm a student of the process- I try to follow and understand the players and the games. There is 100% surety that fisheries management in NC is a "political science", full of all the same spin that is all too prevalent in politics.

We've seen the spin from the "CCA and NCWF Haters" talking about the influence of "big money". We've seen that spin from Jerry Schill (NCFA) on social media and even heard it in his public testimony.

People, there is no bigger money involved in the fight for and against sustainable fisheries management than the $$$$$ coming from the deep pockets of less than a handful of fish house barons. For those that follow these issues that is obvious. For those that don't, I'll try to help you understand how those dollars are being spent to influence the MFC. The recent vote on the NCWF petition for rule making is a good place to start.

The MFC voted last Thursday to deny the NCWF petition for rule making intended to address bycatch issues in the shrimp trawl fishery. The vote was 6-3 to deny. The Division lobbied the commission hard to reject the petition with the stated reason being the pending start to Amendment 3 of the Shrimp FMP and the “promise” to “look at” bycatch issues during the amendment process.

Don’t hold your breath.

Let’s look at the pay-to-play politics driving Thursday’s vote to deny the petition. Those same politics will drive the FMP process, AC recommendations, Division recommendations and the ultimate MFC motions and votes.

Contrary to recently filed Statement of Economic Interest (SEI). A majority of commissioners now have financial interest in supporting direct commercial harvest of our coastal resources. The three commercial seats are obvious, that is what they do for a living.

The least obvious, until the dots connect, is Tom Hendrickson. Once the dots connect, his seat becomes a blatant abuse of power and a outright ethics violation.

Cooper appointed Hendrickson to the Commission in 2018. The man had never owned a coastal fishing license in his life until 2017- recreational or commercial. He didn’t fish. The man probably didn’t know the difference between a red drum and a speckle trout.  2017 is when I started hearing for the first time Hendrickson's name coming up in fisheries politics.  Hendrickson was flexing his political muscle for the commercial fishing industry.

Why would a former lawyer/real estate developer from Zebulon want a seat on the MFC? Because Hendrickson is one of the most prolific democrat fundraisers in the state. Not only does Hendrickson raise money but he raises DARK money- money contributed to political action groups that is very difficult to trace where it came from and where it went.

https://www.citizensforethics.org/no...xeyesrGf25GeK4

Hendrickson’s appointment was about quid pro quo- the commercial fishing industry buying influence at the Division and on the Commission by funding Hendrickson’s policical efforts.

There are several photos below- The first is Hendrickson’s 2017 “annual Christmas party”. You’ll see DEQ Secretary Regan with Hendrickson, Sen Floyd McKissick and Brent Fulcher. Fulcher is Chairman of the NC Fisheries Association (NCFA) and owns several commercial fishing corporations including Beaufort Inlet Seafood. Fulcher claimed in a 2016 interview with Fox News that he controlled 60% of NC shrimp landings.


The second photo is from Hendrickson’s 2018 “Christmas party” showing NCFA members/officers and employees of Brent Fulcher providing goods and services to Hendrickson. The group includes Steve Weeks (NCFA Attorney) and Fulcher cooking seafood and providing an oyster roast for several hundred people, which included the Who’s Who of the Democrat Party and Cooper Administration.

Hendrickson received direct remuneration from Fulcher- a person with substantial economic interest in the industry Hendrickson is charged with regulating as a member of the MFC, substantial remuneration. The fair market value of a catered seafood spread of steamed oysters and fried seafood at Christmas time in the Triangle area for several hundred people is what? $5000? $10,000?

Hendrickson failed to list his relationship as a potential conflict of interest on his 2019 SEI. Hendrickson also failed to report the gift of goods and services provided by Fulcher.  If Hendrickson paid for the goods and services, which is highly doubtful, then the business relationship should have been listed on his SEI. Were ethics rules broken and statute violations made? The Governor should immediately turn this matter over to authorities for proper investigation. Regardless of those findings-Hendrickson should immediately be removed from the MFC if not for a direct ethics violation then for an over-whelming appearance of one in public perception that erodes public confidence in the commission...and therefore the Governor.

Removing Hendrickson from the MFC along with his undue influence on behalf of a few fish house barons isn’t simple. Cooper’s Deputy Director of Boards and Commissions is Katie Hendrickson- Tom Hendrickson’s daughter. Yes, the person “in charge” of vetting nominees to every board and commission in the state controlled by the Governor named her own father to two commissions- the MFC and the Global Transpark. Don’t think for a second that Katie is “in charge”. For a prolific fundraiser, what better vector can there be for pay-to-play politics than to have your daughter named as Deputy Director of Boards and Commissions were you can control appointments. Fishy? Absolutely and it sinks to high heavens! It's fisheries management in NC and the resource just lost another battle.


Reform is not a lost cause. We're past licking our wounds. It's time to regroup and prepare of the next fight.

It is also time to switch horses. The recreational angler controls the votes in NC. We need to send a strong message that you're one-and-done if you don't support sustainable fisheries management.








....and let’s not forget than much of the media with the Governor surrounding Hurricane Florence relief took place in Brent Fulcher's fish house. The possibility that Fulcher's LLCs were a major recipient of those relief funds ($12-million) should raise a lot of questions given Fulcher's relationship to Hendrickson.

The optics are that pay-to-play politics protecting unsustainable fisheries for the benefit of a few wealthy fish house barons are thriving under the Cooper administration as well as they did under Basnight's rule, maybe better.






Edited by Rick - 20 November 2019 at 12:00pm
fiogf49gjkf0d
NC Fisheries Management- Motto: Too Little, Too Late, Too Bad   Slogan: Shrimp On! Mission Statement: Enable Commercial Fishing At Any and All Cost, Regardless of Impact to the Resource.
Back to Top
kshivar View Drop Down
Pro
Pro
Avatar

Joined: 01 November 2004
Location: North Carolina
Status: Offline
Points: 875
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote kshivar Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 August 2019 at 9:22am
More evidence of Cooper’s lying and corruption. He has done the opposite of his promises with regards to the resource. I know his mama’s proud.
Back to Top
Rick View Drop Down
Pro
Pro


Joined: 16 July 2003
Location: United States
Status: Offline
Points: 6269
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 August 2019 at 10:46am

...it's deep-




fiogf49gjkf0d
NC Fisheries Management- Motto: Too Little, Too Late, Too Bad   Slogan: Shrimp On! Mission Statement: Enable Commercial Fishing At Any and All Cost, Regardless of Impact to the Resource.
Back to Top
TomM View Drop Down
Pro
Pro


Joined: 11 July 2006
Location: Roanoke Rapids
Status: Offline
Points: 2517
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote TomM Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 August 2019 at 10:47am
I can now understand that appointment. he does seem conflicted. seems they are all in and know who can be bought.

Edited by TomM - 26 August 2019 at 10:51am
Back to Top
Rick View Drop Down
Pro
Pro


Joined: 16 July 2003
Location: United States
Status: Offline
Points: 6269
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 August 2019 at 10:52am

Below is a copy of a letter that I sent to Gov. Cooper, Stephen Bryant (Oversees Boards and Commission Appointments) and other top mover/shakers in the Governor's political machine in 2017 when Posey was being considered for the science seat on the commission.

The Governor felt the need to support the tenets of his Marine Fisheries Policy Paper against the wishes of the NCFA, who was supporting Dr. Posey's appointment. The voices of sustainable resource management won that fight with Pete Kornegay's appointment to the science seat.   That NCFA loss was the catalyst to forge the relationship between Hendrickson and Fulcher. 

My 2017 letter below explains why Dr. Martin Posey should not sit on the Commission and how he has a direct financial conflict of interest.  

With Gov Cooper's 2019 appointment of Dr. Posey to an At-Large Seat, the majority vote on the commission has been given to those with a financial stake in harvest.  We've seen where that takes us.



Dear Governor Cooper,

I hope this beautiful October day finds you well with good spirit.  Hopefully the legislature will adjourn this week until the 2018 short session, allowing your branch the opportunity to govern fully from the offense versus having to consistently be on the defense.

As you know, proper management of NC's important coastal resources is high on my list of priorities.  I greatly appreciated the opportunity last year to sit down over BBQ to discuss my concerns and your issuance of the marine fisheries policy statement.  In that policy paper you stated that you would- "put in place agency managers and Marine Fisheries Commission members who will make decisions in accordance with the best scientific evidence available and conservative principles to enhance the resource."  I respectfully would like to address a rumor as to your pending appointment to the science seat on the Marine Fisheries Commission.

Rumor has it that Commissioner Mike Wicker (Science Seat) will be replaced by Dr. Martin H. Posey, Director of the Center for Marine Science at UNCW.

First let me say that I know absolutely nothing about Dr. Posey other that what I have read on the internet.  From my personal research and experience, in general, UNCW academia appears to be friendlier to sustainable fisheries management than does the academic staff of ECU, UNC and NCSU.  However, anyone within university marine fisheries has very strong and dependent ties to SeaGrant, NOAA and NCDMF for grant funding.   As a whole, university researchers in NC have not demonstrated a willingness to support sustainable fisheries management.  It is my opinion, and that of many others who have been following this issue for decades, that academia's unwillingness to tackle controversial fisheries issues has been largely driven by the heavy influence of commercial fishing interests on the NCDMF and SeaGrant, and those two agencies' distribution of grant monies to those in academia who are willing to support "the agenda".  

Within the conservation/recreational sector, there is a valid concern about the management system that starts with NCDMF and extends to some employees/members of SeaGrant, the NC Coastal Federation, APNEP, NC Catch, our research universities and the commercial fishing industry.  There exists an unhealthy and deeply conflicted relationship between individuals in these groups which has clouded the vision of those with missions to regulate and promote protection/restoration of our important coastal resources.  In my personal conversations with university researchers, I have heard them defend the use of unsustainable gears and practices in NC's commercial fishing industry..."How else can they make a living." There is a lot of job security in studying and trying to manage the unmanageable- trying to manage the use of unsustainable gears and practices fishing on depleted and overfished stocks.  For a professor, there is substantial job security and direct compensation for one's ability to acquire grants.

http://www.wilmingtonbiz.com/more_news/2015/12/22/uncw_taps_posey_to_direct_center_for_marine_science/14206

"An expert on coastal ecology and restoration, Posey has served as the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on more than $10 million in grants and contracts since coming to UNCW, officials said. His accolades include receiving the UNCW Faculty Scholarship Award, UNCW Graduate Mentor Award and recognition as a member of the university’s $10 Million Dollar Club for research funding."

Given the above, are grant monies related to our marine fisheries not a conflict of interest against Dr. Posey sitting on the Marine Fisheries Commission?  How many millions of dollars in grants has the Center for Marine Science at UNC-W received from our CRFL funds over the years? From NOAA?  From SeaGrant?  How many active grants are there over the next three years? Does Posey's good-standing with UNCW depend on his continued success at obtaining research funding from NCDMF and SeaGrant for his department?

I have watched, listened to, read his comments and spoken in depth on numerous occasions with Commissioner Wicker during the last three years of his dedicated service to the Marine Fisheries Commission.  Commissioner Wicker is a known unbiased entity who puts sustainability of the resource first above all else.  Commissioner Wicker has zero personal interest in votes before the commission.

I personally request that you re-appoint Commissioner Wicker.

Sincerely and Best Regards,





Edited by Rick - 26 August 2019 at 11:10am
fiogf49gjkf0d
NC Fisheries Management- Motto: Too Little, Too Late, Too Bad   Slogan: Shrimp On! Mission Statement: Enable Commercial Fishing At Any and All Cost, Regardless of Impact to the Resource.
Back to Top
bakesta View Drop Down
Pro
Pro
Avatar

Joined: 24 January 2005
Location: United States
Status: Offline
Points: 2668
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote bakesta Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 August 2019 at 8:20pm
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Those dots seem to connect really well.

Nicely done Rick!


Hopefully Governor Basnight-Cooper will be the next "bycatch" that gets wiped out by trawlers and gill nets.  


And it's truly a shame that the Berger Meister won't grasp this opportunity.   




Edited by bakesta - 26 August 2019 at 8:22pm
"Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest." --- Mark Twain
Back to Top
Rick View Drop Down
Pro
Pro


Joined: 16 July 2003
Location: United States
Status: Offline
Points: 6269
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 August 2019 at 9:34am
fiogf49gjkf0d
NC Fisheries Management- Motto: Too Little, Too Late, Too Bad   Slogan: Shrimp On! Mission Statement: Enable Commercial Fishing At Any and All Cost, Regardless of Impact to the Resource.
Back to Top
Redfisher View Drop Down
Pro
Pro


Joined: 09 May 2004
Status: Offline
Points: 479
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Redfisher Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 August 2019 at 10:53am
uh oh....
Back to Top
Rick View Drop Down
Pro
Pro


Joined: 16 July 2003
Location: United States
Status: Offline
Points: 6269
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 November 2019 at 3:56pm
The Governor's hands get dirtier and dirtier-

It looks like pay-to-pay politics in fisheries management is a two-way street.  $millions from the NC citizen goes a long way towards reimbursing the fish barons for those political donations driving unsustainable status quo in our fisheries.












...from a very reliable source on Florence Relief money, the big dealer/trawler owners received a significant "windfall" in Florence payments Wink

Cooke Seafood NC LLCs 

Brent Fulcher for himself and several LLCs

The Garland C Fulcher family under members and multiple LLCs 


all received between $250,000 and $450,000 each in Florence "relief" payments.


...pay-to-play politics at its finest with the NC taxpayer footing the bill TWICE!


  • once for the industrial shrimp trawl industry unsustainably harvesting a public trust resource while devastating our croaker, spot, weakfish, flounders, blue crab and oysters
  • once for the big dealers getting "reimbursed" for pay-to-play politics that allow them to continue doing what no other state on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts allow
The record prior two year landings are what drove the payouts.  How did the landings credited to the shrimp barons from out-of-state trawlers renting a license under the assignment process contribute to the payout calculations?  How did the ability of the big dealers to switch landings from one LLC to another LLC contribute to the payout calculations?

...and all while they were having RECORD shrimp harvests!  Some of the best ever-


Trawlers catching "unheard of" amounts of shrimp off Corolla
By Jeff Hampton

WANCHESE, N.C.

South of the Virginia border, the shores off Corolla have become an Outer Banks hot spot to catch winter shrimp.

Trawlers have clustered there within 3 miles of shore in recent weeks, each bringing in as much as 20,000 pounds of the delicacy per trip.

Last week, the "Capt. Ralph" hauled in 30,000 pounds, the most ever for the crew, said Ashley O'Neal, manager of O'Neal's Sea Harvest.

In the past, 12,000 pounds was a good catch no matter where it came from, he said.

"This 30,000-pound stuff is unheard of," O'Neal said. "We are seeing a lot of shrimp."

In 2016, North Carolina shrimpers harvested a record 13.2 million pounds, worth $28.2 million. It was a 45 percent increase over the previous year, according to state statistics. The record fell again in 2017 with a harvest of 13.9 million pounds worth $29.6 million. The 10-year average is just short of 8 million pounds. Most of the catch comes from estuaries like the Pamlico Sound.

Shrimp consumption in the United States reached a new record in 2017 at 4.4 pounds a person per year, making it America's favorite seafood, according to NOAA Fisheries. More than 90 percent of what's eaten in the U.S. comes from foreign markets raised on farms.

Wild white shrimp live less than two years and are considered an annual crop.

Sara Mirabilio, a fisheries extension specialist with the North Carolina Sea Grant, said people reported seeing the shrimping vessels from shore and wondered what they were.

"It's kind of new, and it's kind of related to the water warming," Mirabilio said. "Everybody's chasing them north."

Recent winters have generally been warmer, sending the shrimp further north than usual, said Chris Stewart, a biologist with the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries.

A NOAA buoy off Duck showed daily ocean water temperatures to be about the same in January 2010 as in January 2018. Records going further back were not readily available.

There could be other reasons for the shrimp surge. More may be coming south from the Chesapeake Bay, Mirabilio said. Heavier rainfall may have made inland waters fresher, prompting the maturing shrimp to seek saltwater sooner.

Or, the bounty could be by chance.

"Maybe they've been up there all along and we just didn't know about it," O'Neal said.

Trawlers catch three species in North Carolina — pink shrimp typically in the spring, brown in the summer and green-tail or white later in the fall. The catch off Corolla was the latter.

The prawns spawn offshore, yielding millions of larvae that catch a ride on currents to inland estuaries where they mature. When they are grown, they migrate back to the sea to start all over again.





No wonder the big fish barons and their lawyer can afford to host a little campaign event for Cooper...the NC taxpayer ultimately foots the bill in more ways than one-






Edited by Rick - 11 November 2019 at 4:40pm
fiogf49gjkf0d
NC Fisheries Management- Motto: Too Little, Too Late, Too Bad   Slogan: Shrimp On! Mission Statement: Enable Commercial Fishing At Any and All Cost, Regardless of Impact to the Resource.
Back to Top
Get Bowed Up View Drop Down
Pro
Pro


Joined: 08 August 2018
Status: Offline
Points: 127
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Get Bowed Up Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 November 2019 at 11:49pm
I saw the total paid but was there a document that broke down who it went to I missed?
Back to Top
Rick View Drop Down
Pro
Pro


Joined: 16 July 2003
Location: United States
Status: Offline
Points: 6269
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 November 2019 at 12:14pm
Originally posted by Get Bowed Up Get Bowed Up wrote:

I saw the total paid but was there a document that broke down who it went to I missed?
 

The Director explained it in his comments at today's MFC meeting.
fiogf49gjkf0d
NC Fisheries Management- Motto: Too Little, Too Late, Too Bad   Slogan: Shrimp On! Mission Statement: Enable Commercial Fishing At Any and All Cost, Regardless of Impact to the Resource.
Back to Top
Rick View Drop Down
Pro
Pro


Joined: 16 July 2003
Location: United States
Status: Offline
Points: 6269
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 November 2019 at 1:11pm

...on an eyewitness account...Commissioner Hendrickson failed to find the time last night to attend the opening of the November Business Meeting to hear public comment (isn't that his third time or is it his fourth time out of his six meetings missing the public's opportunity to address the commission), but found time to attend dinner with Commissioners Blanton (commercial fisherman seat) and Romano (commercial fisherman seat) and North Carolina Fisheries Association (commercial fishing lobbyist) Executive Director Glenn Skinner. 

Now, there is nothing wrong with three commissioners having dinner with the NCFA.  I'm sure recreational commissioners are having dinner with recreational/conservation minded people.

That dinner just further solidifies what we already know...NCFA political donations put Hendrickson on the Commission for one purpose and one purpose only...to buy the Governor's office for the large fish dealer/industrial trawler owners.  Done. 


Edited by Rick - 20 November 2019 at 1:18pm
fiogf49gjkf0d
NC Fisheries Management- Motto: Too Little, Too Late, Too Bad   Slogan: Shrimp On! Mission Statement: Enable Commercial Fishing At Any and All Cost, Regardless of Impact to the Resource.
Back to Top
Glacierbaze View Drop Down
Pro
Pro


Joined: 09 January 2005
Location: North Carolina
Status: Offline
Points: 3887
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Glacierbaze Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 November 2019 at 2:05pm
So, commissioners cannot have a private 3 way email, or an email 3 way, but three of them can have dinner with an industry lobbyist off the record? 
To paraphrase Matthew's eyewitness account:
"For where two or three are gathered together............it will be done for them"

Edited by Glacierbaze - 14 November 2019 at 2:11pm
"You can never elevate your own character by stepping on someone else's."

"Never argue with a man who loves the sound of his own voice."
Back to Top
Get Bowed Up View Drop Down
Pro
Pro


Joined: 08 August 2018
Status: Offline
Points: 127
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Get Bowed Up Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 November 2019 at 7:31pm
I'll go back and listen, thank ya.
Back to Top
Rick View Drop Down
Pro
Pro


Joined: 16 July 2003
Location: United States
Status: Offline
Points: 6269
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 November 2019 at 9:44am

Once a Crook, Always a Crook?

If you commit fraud to steal a million and a half dollars from your friend will you steal from the public?  

If you steal from your business partner can you honestly sit at a round table in good faith to manage and protect a public trust resource for the benefit of all?





The Governor could and should have done better...he did make a promise, which he has broken.

It's not too late for the Governor to address the issue.











Edited by Rick - 19 November 2019 at 9:52am
fiogf49gjkf0d
NC Fisheries Management- Motto: Too Little, Too Late, Too Bad   Slogan: Shrimp On! Mission Statement: Enable Commercial Fishing At Any and All Cost, Regardless of Impact to the Resource.
Back to Top
kshivar View Drop Down
Pro
Pro
Avatar

Joined: 01 November 2004
Location: North Carolina
Status: Offline
Points: 875
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote kshivar Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 November 2019 at 10:21am
Cronyism at it’s best. This Governor clearly has no interest in anything but being re-elected. He believes he is untouchable and he’ll keep his minions in place for his benefit. The voters don’t matter because most don’t pay attention and will just vote Democrat incumbent.
Back to Top
Rick View Drop Down
Pro
Pro


Joined: 16 July 2003
Location: United States
Status: Offline
Points: 6269
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 November 2019 at 12:53pm
Originally posted by Rick Rick wrote:


...on an eyewitness account...Commissioner Hendrickson failed to find the time last night to attend the opening of the November Business Meeting to hear public comment (isn't that his second time or is it his third time missing the public's opportunity to address the commission), but found time to attend dinner with Commissioners Blanton (commercial fisherman seat) and Romano (commercial fisherman seat) and North Carolina Fisheries Association (commercial fishing lobbyist) Executive Director Glenn Skinner. 

Now, there is nothing wrong with three commissioners having dinner with the NCFA.  I'm sure recreational commissioners are having dinner with recreational/conservation minded people.

That dinner just further solidifies what we already know...NCFA political donations put Hendrickson on the Commission for one purpose and one purpose only...to buy the Governor's office for the large fish dealer/industrial trawler owners.  Done. 
 

...an update to this post-

I've been told and confirmed that other commissioners joined the group above after my original source saw them.  It seems Commissioners Kornegay, Cross and McNeil joined the group to make six commissioners in attendance.  

Commissioners have been advised that such activity is now acceptable "as long as they don't discuss business".

...I guess it's all okay now that the NCFA controls the commission.  Don't expect Jerry et. al. to be filing another lawsuit for an open meeting law violation...until the tide changes and it will.




Edited by Rick - 19 November 2019 at 12:53pm
fiogf49gjkf0d
NC Fisheries Management- Motto: Too Little, Too Late, Too Bad   Slogan: Shrimp On! Mission Statement: Enable Commercial Fishing At Any and All Cost, Regardless of Impact to the Resource.
Back to Top
Redfisher View Drop Down
Pro
Pro


Joined: 09 May 2004
Status: Offline
Points: 479
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Redfisher Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 November 2019 at 3:26pm
Originally posted by Rick Rick wrote:

Originally posted by Rick Rick wrote:


...on an eyewitness account...Commissioner Hendrickson failed to find the time last night to attend the opening of the November Business Meeting to hear public comment (isn't that his second time or is it his third time missing the public's opportunity to address the commission), but found time to attend dinner with Commissioners Blanton (commercial fisherman seat) and Romano (commercial fisherman seat) and North Carolina Fisheries Association (commercial fishing lobbyist) Executive Director Glenn Skinner. 

Now, there is nothing wrong with three commissioners having dinner with the NCFA.  I'm sure recreational commissioners are having dinner with recreational/conservation minded people.

That dinner just further solidifies what we already know...NCFA political donations put Hendrickson on the Commission for one purpose and one purpose only...to buy the Governor's office for the large fish dealer/industrial trawler owners.  Done. 
 

...an update to this post-

I've been told and confirmed that other commissioners joined the group above after my original source saw them.  It seems Commissioners Kornegay, Cross and McNeil joined the group to make six commissioners in attendance.  

Commissioners have been advised that such activity is now acceptable "as long as they don't discuss business".

...I guess it's all okay now that the NCFA controls the commission.  Don't expect Jerry et. al. to be filing another lawsuit for an open meeting law violation...until the tide changes and it will.



Well, pro-resource and like-minded groups are too whiskey delta to return the favor to these boys.

Spit wads to a gun fight.


Edited by Redfisher - 19 November 2019 at 4:12pm
Back to Top
Redfish View Drop Down
Pro
Pro
Avatar
NCW SUPPORTER

Joined: 27 February 2004
Location: At the Bar
Status: Offline
Points: 5252
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Redfish Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 November 2019 at 9:08pm
I believe and hope that cooper is one and done.
Back to Top
TomM View Drop Down
Pro
Pro


Joined: 11 July 2006
Location: Roanoke Rapids
Status: Offline
Points: 2517
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote TomM Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 November 2019 at 9:23pm
Me too. He is all around awful.
Back to Top
Rick View Drop Down
Pro
Pro


Joined: 16 July 2003
Location: United States
Status: Offline
Points: 6269
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 November 2019 at 11:01am

...and here's an interesting twist to Hendrickson's story above-

The property where he lives today and conducts his fund raising events for Democrat candidates and the Party (see photos above) was acquired as part of the fraud he conducted against his friend and business partner-




If Hendrickson is in this deal for himself...and the past does have a way of repeating itself....

...the question is where is the payout for him personally for sitting on what has the be the most contentious commission in the state?

Nobody in his right mind wants to sit on this commission unless-

1) You have a personal economic interest in harvest

2) You are damn tired of NC wasting this valuable public trust resource.

Hendrickson's actions so far on the commission say it isn't #2.





Edited by Rick - 20 November 2019 at 3:30pm
fiogf49gjkf0d
NC Fisheries Management- Motto: Too Little, Too Late, Too Bad   Slogan: Shrimp On! Mission Statement: Enable Commercial Fishing At Any and All Cost, Regardless of Impact to the Resource.
Back to Top
Chuck Laughridge View Drop Down
Admin Group
Admin Group


Joined: 09 July 2015
Status: Offline
Points: 1323
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Chuck Laughridge Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 November 2019 at 7:58am
Define ---- "former lawyer"!  That alone should be quite interesting.

Good Fishing!!!
Back to Top
Rick View Drop Down
Pro
Pro


Joined: 16 July 2003
Location: United States
Status: Offline
Points: 6269
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 November 2019 at 10:04am
Originally posted by Chuck Laughridge Chuck Laughridge wrote:

Define ---- "former lawyer"!  That alone should be quite interesting.

Good Fishing!!!
 

options.... 
1) a lawyer who has been disbarred 
2) a lawyer who has voluntarily submitted his license to the bar and not sought re-instatement of that license
3) other


fiogf49gjkf0d
NC Fisheries Management- Motto: Too Little, Too Late, Too Bad   Slogan: Shrimp On! Mission Statement: Enable Commercial Fishing At Any and All Cost, Regardless of Impact to the Resource.
Back to Top
Rick View Drop Down
Pro
Pro


Joined: 16 July 2003
Location: United States
Status: Offline
Points: 6269
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 November 2019 at 10:32am


So let's look at C. Thomas Hendrickson on a SEI search-

Here is his 2018 statement-


This is a screenshot of his listed business holdings from the link above-




Hendrickson amended his 2018 SEI statement to add an additional holding to the $10,000 and above list-










In 2019 Hendrickson filed an SEI where he affirmed that his 2018 SEI remained "true, correct, and complete to the best of my knowledge and belief"






Yet.... in 2018 Hendrickson was involved with the forming of two new LLCs that he failed to list on his 2019 SEI-









It will be interesting to see if Hendrickson amends his 2019 SEI to address his omissions.

It will also be interesting to see if Hendrickson lists this new LLC formed in 2019 on his 2020 SEI-










Some of you smart guys help me understand the reporting requirements to the Ethics Commission ...

If Hendrickson has any partners in an LLC who are regulated by the MFC is he required to disclose that fact?

If one of Hendrickson's LLCs has any business negotiations with a person or business regulated by the MFC is he required to disclose that fact?




Edited by Rick - 21 November 2019 at 3:15pm
fiogf49gjkf0d
NC Fisheries Management- Motto: Too Little, Too Late, Too Bad   Slogan: Shrimp On! Mission Statement: Enable Commercial Fishing At Any and All Cost, Regardless of Impact to the Resource.
Back to Top
 Post Reply Post Reply
  Share Topic   

Forum Jump Forum Permissions View Drop Down

Forum Software by Web Wiz Forums® version 10.11
Copyright ©2001-2012 Web Wiz Ltd.

This page was generated in 0.154 seconds.