Petition Tag - fishermen

1. Support West Coast Inshore Fishermen

Please help to support local fishermen to fight against a government imposed Marine Protection Areas.

We believe the public is being misled to support the proposed MPA which will stop smaller trawlers fishing in areas they have fished sustainably for generations.
It will put the safety and viability of these vessels at risk, forcing small boats to seek their livelihoods in more dangerous and open waters.

The loss of this inshore fishing grounds will have an unimaginably detrimental effect on the employment and economy of our small communities.

2. Reject Commercial Fishing Industry Reform Program

This Petition of the residents of the State of New South Wales brings to the attention of the House the Commercial Fishing Industry Reform Program.

The Commercial Fishing Industry and Recreational Fishers reject the process on the basis it unfairly impacts fishers who wish to remain in the industry and has the potential to severely negatively impact recreational fishing opportunities.

3. Feeding Berto the whaleshark is inappropriate

Cebu City, January 15, 2012 - Berto’s impressive size and docility in Oslob coastal waters has drawn a large influx of tourists to one of its small village, Barangay Tan-awan, in just over four months.

In fact it has been reported that those who wanted to see Berto already reached the 1,000-mark last January 8, prompting the Cebu provincial government to immediately instruct the construction of infrastructures such as viewing deck to cater to the needs of the tourists. But Berto is not alone. He is also joined by at least 13 others that consider the area their feeding haven as part of their migratory route (usually travelling over extremely large distances).

Berto is a whaleshark (Rhincodon typus), the largest fish in the world and is listed as “vulnerable” on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and legally protected in the country together with other marine species under the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act (RA 9147).

Just last week, an ordinance was put in place to protect Berto and 13 others. The Oslob municipal government passed an ordinance detailing regulations of how to interact with them to ensure their well-being.

To feed or not to feed. Berto is presently caught in an on-going debate on whether they should be hand-fed with shrimp or “Uyap” by fisherman who have been accustomed to do so since the 1980’s. While the fisherfolks claim that no detrimental changes in their behavior have been observed and hand-feeding has even been deemed as beneficial by a divers’ organization, the arguments and initial observations of environmentalists and observers that the activity has actually altered the behavior of the animal and could endanger the animal in the long run should be closely looked into.

4. China Should Stop Bullying its Neighboring Countries

On this first day of July 2011, Voice of Vietnamese Americans (VVA) stands in solidarity with all people of Vietnamese descent, all Southeast Asian citizens represented by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and all international communities represented by the United Nations (UN) to raise a collective concern on the global security threat posed by China Communist Party’s (CPC) expansion policy in the Southeast Asia Sea (South China Sea).

The CPC has shown increasing aggressions with disrespect for the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in the Southeast Asia Sea (1982), disregarding the ASEAN Declaration on the South China Sea (1992), as well as ignoring the ASEAN Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) (2002).

China’s navy has opened fire on Vietnamese fishermen, cutting cables of Vietnamese surveying ships, banned fishing in the Exclusive Economic Zones belonging to Vietnam and the Philippines, and threatened to use its power to claim ownership of more than 80% of the Southeast Asia Sea. It has imposed the 9 dotted line called U shape which infringes on the sovereignty of Southeast Asian nations, disregarding all regional and international agreements China has officially signed with ASEAN and the United Nations.

While recognizing Chinese People as peace-loving and hard-working people, we condemn the CPC for abusing its power, under-minding traditional Chinese culture, not honoring its own signature on the UNCLOS and international treaties, and putting the Chinese people in severe conflicts with their traditional culture and with the world.

5. Leave the seals on Sable Island in peace

The N.S Government wants to decrease the seal population on Sable Island. They'll do this by giving the females "Birth Control" for the next five years including when it starts or they may shoot 1,000 seals every year for the next five years including when it starts.

They are doing this because the N.S fisherman are complaining that the seals eat too much fish. Personally i think that is so stupid. The Fisherman don't "Own" the sea. They must share it with nature.

The seal disturbance will decrease tourists. We don't need to eat fish like the seals live of it. Seals are cute and adorable.

6. Save the Taiji Dolphins

Every day hundreds of Dolphins are gathered to a secret cove and slaughtered for their meat!

7. Keep Camelot Open for Sport Fishermen

Camelot park which is located in castlerock, Washington closes at 10:00 P.M. every night, Steelhead fishing is best sunset to sunrise and is one of the only sections of the river with a sandy beach that is a prime location to catch steelhead so we would like it to stay open 24 hours a day.

8. Jacksonville Beach Pier Improvements

REASON FOR PETITION: The following interview was given just before the opening of the new pier and the following statements were made by The New Pier Management and we as pier Patrons/Anglers expect the management to abide by the statements that were made in the following Newspaper Interview in 2004 prior to the completion of the new Jacksonville Beach Pier.

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Fishermen will be front and center at the new Jacksonville Beach Pier.

That's the word from the folks chosen to manage the 1,300-foot pier, which is expected to open around the end of November.

"That's our primary focus -- fishing," said Don Streeter, a partner in Dania Pier Management. "I think this thing is going to be awesome. There's nothing on the Florida East Coast that equals it in length."

Dania Pier Management operates piers in Dania Beach, Deerfield Beach and Juno. The company was awarded the contract after the city of Jacksonville put out bids to manage the pier. While several groups expressed interest, Dania Pier Management was the only respondent.

"We were doing our own research, talking to cities and counties [with privately managed piers]," said Debbie Doran, of the city's Department of Administration and Finance. "All of them were very pleased with Dania Pier Management."

The firm's contract runs for five years, with a provision to renew for another five years.

When plans for the new pier were first being developed, local fishermen expressed fears it might become not much more than a boardwalk designed to attract tourists. Not to worry, Streeter said.

"We're going to do everything we can to make it where the fisherman is the main priority," he said. "Whatever the fishermen want -- whether it's live shrimp, greenies. If it's available, we'll have it."

The pier's main building will house restrooms and a bait and tackle shop. Rental rods will be available, and popular pier lures and other tackle will be sold.

"All piers are different," Streeter said. "Here in Dania, they very rarely fish with plugs or lures. But in Juno, 80 percent of them use lures."

Streeter recently met with Doran, and he'll submit a list of recommendations, including admission fees and hours.

"They're in the business of operating piers, so I'm sure we'll look closely at their recommendations," Doran said.

Streeter's plans call for the same admission fees charged by the old pier. Ronnie Waterman, who once managed the old pier, said admission fees were $3.75 to fish, 75 cents to walk.

Streeter is also recommending that the new pier be open from one hour before sunrise to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. On Fridays and Saturdays, the closing time would be 11 p.m.

"That's the way we're going to start off, and if the demand is there, we'll extend the hours," Streeter said.

Dania Pier Management's Juno pier is open from 30 minutes before sunrise to sundown. The company's other two piers are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Streeter, who plans to live in Jacksonville Beach at least temporarily, expects to hire several people to run the new pier.

The pier is expected to feature four fish-cleaning stations, two on each side. The original architect's plans included cleaning stations only on the north side, but Streeter recommended southside stations for use during colder months.

"If you've ever tried to clean fish facing into the wind during the winter ...," Streeter said. "The city has been very receptive to ideas. They're in agreement, if it benefits the pier and the fishermen, they're open to discussion."

The old Jacksonville Beach Pier held a popular annual tournament for surface and bottom species. Streeter said the new pier may also stage some kind of competition. Last year, on opening day of snook season, the Dania Pier conducted a $5 Calcutta pool for the first legal snook caught and the heaviest legal snook.

"If we get notice a good run of blues is coming down from the Carolinas, we might institute something like that," Streeter said.

Benches on the pier will be built back to back with space in between. Streeter has plans to install wind breaks that would fit in that space. Trash receptacles are scheduled to be emptied once a day.