“Theory of Change” we don’t believe in!

I’ve identified a webpage at the “Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation” that qualifies as a summary of how the NGO’s used the UN and their own puppets at NOAA/NMFS, to push through the catch shares scam. Under an umbrella of “Reforming Fisheries Management”.

In it, they explain a couple of tools that were designed for this initiative  Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) and Reforming Fisheries Management (RFM). They also mention that they funded the first Step by Step Guide to MSP, published by UNESCO in 2009. I’ve found a copy if this guide, and I hope to be reporting further on it in the near future.  The Moore Foundation partnered with the David & Lucile Packard Foundation on this project.

For now I will share with you one interesting link buried in this UNESCO guide. Catch shares are an “important” part of this MSP strategy. Here is the Moore/Packard/UN checklist for reasons that you might be interested in MSP:

Checklist for defining the usefulness of this guide to MSP

• Do you have (or expect) human activities that adversely affect
important natural areas of your marine area?
• Do you have (or expect) incompatible human activities that
conflict with one another in your marine area?
• Do you need to streamline policies and licensing procedures
affecting the marine environment?
• Do you need to decide on what space is most suitable for the
development of new human activities such as renewable energy
facilities or offshore aquaculture?
• Do you need a vision of what your marine area could or should
look like in another 10, 20, 30 years from now?

It’s interesting how we now have catch shares here in New England, and also plans for large offshore wind farms off the coastline. 

Now here are some excerpts from the Marine Conservation Initiative of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation:

We believe that aligning incentives with conservation will achieve lasting protection for fish
populations and ocean ecosystems. To accomplish these goals, the
initiative funds a portfolio of tools and projects within two primary
strategic themes: Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) and Reforming Fisheries
Management (RFM).

Theory of Change
The initiative is built on a Theory of Change that aligns social and
economic incentives with conservation outcomes. Two strategies, MSP
and RFM, target the systemic drivers that degrade ocean habitats and
deplete marine fisheries.

The initiative and its partners support mutually reinforcing activities in
three target geographies in the U.S. and Canada–specifically in British
Columbia, the U.S. West Coast, and New England.
The initiative funded the first Step by Step Guide to MSP, published by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 2010.

The initiative supports projects aligned with the 2010 U.S. Ocean Policy that help the initiative’s target regions and the National Ocean Council meet key milestones. These include the creation of new regional planning bodies

A closer look at Reforming Fisheries Management
The strategy to Reform Fisheries Management (RFM) works to shift
fisheries management from a reactive, command and control structure
to a performance-based system. One important element of RFM is
“catch shares” – programs that allocate a portion of the total catch to
individuals or communities – to meet conservation targets by promoting
ecosystem-based catch limits, better monitoring of catch, and gear
modifications to reduce bycatch. Centered on New England and West
Coast groundfish management, as well as federal guidance and policies,
the RFM strategy aims to make new programs work better for
fishermen, be effective at meeting other stakeholder and conservation
goals, and endure over time.

We have been building up more and more evidence that proves that NOAA & NMFS have implemented the fishing policies of the UN and the NGO’s that control the UN agenda. This is an example of  solid evidence, in their own words.

Among many unknowns that we still need to unravel, one important question remains to be answered. Why do we even pay the personnel at NMFS if they aren’t even creating the fishing policies? All they seem to be doing is taking UN policies, changing the cover page so it has NMFS letterhead, and pushing the UN policies through the regional councils!


Funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation

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