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June 16, 2009


fish guy

Mr. Sackton:
While you are certainly entitled to your own opinion as to why the Inspector General investigation should be national versus regional, you sidestep commenting on issue of whether a $50,000 fine issued by NERO OLE for having an extra 100 pounds is a case where the punishment fits the "crime" (or infraction). I hope that in a subsequent opinion piece, after you research fines and penalties and NOVA's issued by NERO, you can comment on a world where an extra 5% overage of fish, or an (inadvertently) unreported trip can cost or cripple a fish industry participant his livelihood or render them incapable of sending their children to college due to a draconian punishment.

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  • Founder of News. I have 30 years in the seafood industry. Started in New England. My work with Baader in the 1980's introduced me to the global industry. Started my own Internet business in 1994. Survived the dot com boom / bust by being honest. Partnered with Urner Barry, and built News into our flagship product. Also do a lot of speaking and consulting on market issues, price forecasts and outlook. Currently I work for both harvesters and processors in the crab and shrimp industry in Newfoundland, and the crab industry in Alaska. My personal goal is to contribute to the sustainable growth of the entire seafood industry - which occupies a unique and special place in the lives of everyone who is a part of it.