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    Posted: 24 August 2020 at 9:16am

This is just too funny not to share.

Background
The legislature doubled commercial fishing license fees to pay for on-board observing under the turtle and sturgeon ITPs.  The commercials have refused to allow on-board observers as the program was designed, which has forced DMF to use alternative platform observers- marine patrol.  The Director fully suspended the on-board program due to COVID-19 concerns.

Without observing costs the program is growing "excess funds".

The NC Fisheries Association is enjoying the use of a $1-million plus slush fund created by the excess revenue in the Commercial Fishing Resource Fund (CFRF). 

Keep in mind the PURPOSE for the excess monies is-

"to provide funding for the development of sustainable commercial fishing in the State."   


Developing sustainable commercial fisheries- HELL NO!

Try a smoke and mirrors public relations campaign to support status quo and direct lobbying of the legislature for the same purpose.

NCFA has developed this slick website to deceive the public about the sustainability of our net based commercial fisheries-  


The above is sad, truly sad...and a direct violation of the intent of the legislation with the lobbying efforts certainly being illegal.

Here's where the funny comes in.

The NCFA revamped it's website a while back putting the phrase "sustainable fisheries" everywhere it could.

This is a screen shot of the NCFA home page-




More SMOKE and MIRROWS-

The trawler Capt. Ralph is one that I routinely follow in the Pamlico Sound while doing research on true shrimp trawl effort.

This is the Capt. Ralph-




...which is obviously the same trawler on the NCFA home page even though someone has photoshopped out the bow design, name and numbers.

Sustainable fisheries?  

 

North Carolina Commercial Fisherman Pleads Guilty to Illegally Harvesting and Selling Atlantic Striped Bass

WILMINGTON – The United States Attorney’s Office announced that today in federal court, JAMES RALPH CRADDOCK,71, of Manns Harbor, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to federal charges regarding the illegal harvest and sale of Atlantic Striped Bass from federal waters off the coast of North Carolina in 2010.

According to information in the public record, in February 2010, a Special Agent with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) received information that commercial trawlers were illegally fishing for Atlantic Striped Bass in federal waters off the coast of North Carolina.  Since 1990, there has been a ban on harvesting Atlantic Striped Bass from the United States’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), which includes waters located three to 200 miles seaward of the U.S. coastline.  Upon receiving the information, NOAA engaged the assistance of the U.S. Coast Guard.  A single patrol vessel in the area intercepted one of 17 commercial trawlers in the EEZ, the fishing vessel Lady Samaira, boarded the vessel and found 173 Atlantic Striped Bass.  The captain later admitted to taking the fish from the EEZ.

Given the other commercial trawlers in the same area, NOAA conducted an analysis of electronic data and written reports from those vessels.  Based on its review, NOAA determined that during the North Carolina 20-day ocean trawl season in January/February 2010, CRADDOCK, then Captain of the 74-foot commercial fishing vessel Capt Ralph, harvested over 12,000 pounds of Atlantic Striped Bass.  Further analyses revealed that between February 1, 2010, and February 4, 2010, CRADDOCK, harvested 1,750 pounds of Atlantic Striped Bass from the EEZ, with an estimated fair-market retail price of approximately $14,000, which he sold to a dealer in Wanchese, North Carolina.  CRADDOCK sent an e-mail to another vessel through the Capt Ralph’s vessel monitoring system and admitted to catching the Atlantic Striped Bass south of Buoy No. 8.  Bodie Island Lighted Buoy No. 8 is located 6.5 nautical miles from shore, in the EEZ.  The vessel monitoring system data from the Capt Ralph further corroborated the illegal harvesting of the fish.  CRADDOCK then made false statements to NOAA, concealing the true location of the harvest in his federal vessel trip reports.

“Fishing for striped bass in federal waters in violation of this longstanding and well-known moratorium has the potential to seriously impact this iconic species, to the detriment of the many honest commercial and recreational fishers who depend upon this fishery,” said Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden for the Environment and Natural Resources Division.  “Today’s plea agreement demonstrates the department’s commitment to pursuing those who fail to respect laws enacted to protect and conserve important marine resources.”

“Our office is pleased to partner with the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice in these significant cases,” said U.S. Attorney John Stuart Bruce for the Eastern District of North Carolina.  “These prosecutions make clear that efforts to circumvent laws regulating commercial fishing will be enforced vigorously.”

A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for March 27, 2017, term of court.  CRADDOCK faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The overall investigation was conducted by the Law Enforcement Offices of NOAA, with assistance of the Investigative Service from the U.S. Coast Guard, the North Carolina Marine Patrol and the Virginia Marine Police.  This case is being prosecuted by Senior Litigation Counsel Banumathi Rangarajan of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina and Trial Attorneys Shennie Patel and Joel La Bissonniere of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division’s Environmental Crimes Section.


United States v. James Ralph Craddock, No. 2:15-CR-7-BO

 

JUDGMENT as to James Ralph Craddock (1) - Count 3 - PROBATION for 1 year with standard and additional standard conditions - $100.00 special assessment - Restitution in the amount of $27,482.25 - Counts 1, 2 and 4 are Dismissed. Signed by District Judge Terrence W. Boyle on 10/10/2017. (Downing, L.) (Entered: 10/12/2017)


Sustainable fisheries NCFA style!




Edited by Rick - 24 August 2020 at 9:43am
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...so much for Always NC Fresh...when it's coming from Asia and is being repackaged. 




A North Carolina man pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III in the Eastern District of North Carolina on charges that his company, Garland F. Fulcher Seafood Company Inc. (Garland Fulcher), at his direction, falsely labeled hundreds of thousands dollars’ worth of foreign crabmeat as “Product of USA.”

According to information in the public record, Jeffrey A. Styron was the treasurer of the corporate board of officers for Garland Fulcher, a North Carolina company engaged in the business of purchasing, processing, packaging, transporting and selling seafood and seafood products, including crabmeat from domestically harvested blue crab. 

As treasurer, Styron was responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the company’s crab-related business, which involved managing and directing employees of the company with respect to the processing, packaging, and labeling of crab meat.  Styron pleaded guilty to a one-count information charging him with substituting foreign crabmeat for domestic blue crab and, as part of the plea, Styron admitted to falsely labeling crabmeat with a retail market value of at least $250,000 dollars, which was sold primarily to small seafood retailers and restaurants.

As part of his guilty plea, Styron admitted that he and his company could not and did not process sufficient quantities of domestic blue crab to meet customer demands.  To make up the shortfall, Styron and his company used foreign crabmeat to fulfill customer orders.  During the periods when the company did not have a sufficient supply of domestic crab, Styron and Garland Fulcher purchased crabmeat (not live crabs) from South America and Asia.

As part of the guilty plea, Styron further admitted that beginning at least as early as Jan. 1, 2014, and continuing through Dec. 31, 2017, he directed company employees to repack foreign crabmeat into containers labeled “Product of USA,” which Garland Fulcher then sold to customers as “backfin,” “claw,” “lump,” “jumbo lump,” or “special,” domestically-harvested blue crab meat.









Edited by Rick - 04 September 2020 at 8:52am
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote BrackishWater Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 September 2020 at 9:53am
Seems to me that the NCFA should focus first on actually making commercial fishing in NC a sustainable practice before they put up any more billboards. But that would require being honest with the consumer.
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Originally posted by BrackishWater BrackishWater wrote:

Seems to me that the NCFA should focus first on actually making commercial fishing in NC a sustainable practice before they put up any more billboards. But that would require being honest with the consumer.
 


Honesty?  Their mommas never taught them that policy-





Edited by Rick - 04 September 2020 at 10:19am
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote marker39 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 September 2020 at 6:11pm
I saw the "Sustainable" bit on their website a while back.

"Too funny" is a generous description.

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