FRA Files Motion for Summary Judgement
Date posted: March 19, 2016
The FRA filed its Motion for Summary Judgement in its lawsuit against Amendment 40, (known as sector separation), on Friday, March 18. Special thanks to Craig Berman, FRA Shark.
The filing asks the Judge to find that National Marine Fisheries Service and elements of the Gulf Council acted illegally in giving 43% of the red snapper recreational quota to federally licensed for-hire boats that take only 22% of red snapper anglers fishing. The judge is asked to find that the decision was based solely on economic considerations for the new ‘sector’ and is devoid of any value to the management of red snapper.
Read the Motion for Summary Judgement. Don’t be intimidated by the legal language and the initial part of the motion. You can read through this pretty quickly.
Since sector separation first hit the Gulf Council in 2008, the FRA has been on the front line of the sector separation battle. The end game of this scheme is to privatize EVERY fishery. The few ‘winners’ will own the fisheries and the many ‘losers’ will pay exorbitant ‘rent’ to catch a fish. Thanks to the Environmental Defense Fund’s use of greed and deception, the average rec angler is in the cross hairs of hedge fund investors.
Want to make a statement about your opposition to this outright theft of your rights? Donate to the FRA legal fund today!