"There is nothing oftner misleads Men, than a misguided Zeal; it is an ignis fatuus, a false fire, which often leads Men into Boggs and Precipices; it appears in the Night, in dark and ignorant and weak minds, and offers it self a guide to those who have lost their way; it is one of the most ungovernable Passions of Human Nature, and therefore requires great knowledge and judgment to manage it, and keep it within bounds. It is like fire, a good Servant, but a bad Master; if it once get head it confumes and devours all before it; and the great danger and mischief of it is, that it is most commonly found where it should not be, and possess those most, who are least fit to govern it; and most frequently employed about what it should not be . . ." ~ Arch-Bishop Tillotson
The state of Wisconsin has done very well managing it's resources and in protecting shipwrecks along our shoreline. We do not need any "help" from the federal government. Especially when such help includes helping us right out of practices codified in our state constitution - namely the taking of game and fish in accordance with local and state regulations.
And yet, here come the feds with their innocuously named program - a name designed to make people "feel" good about it - and, no doubt, federal money in the form of grants and other aid to seal the deal. A deal which will bring large swaths of our natural resources under federal control. Federal control that could include fines of up to $100,000/day for any violations of their regulations.
(a) Each violation of the NMSA or FKNMSPA, any regulation in this part, or any permit issued pursuant thereto, is subject to a civil penalty of not more than $ 100,000. Each day of a continuing violation constitutes a separate violation.
(b) Regulations setting forth the procedures governing administrative proceedings for assessment of civil penalties, permit sanctions, and denials for enforcement reasons, issuance and use of written warnings, and release or forfeiture of seized property appear at 15 CFR part 904.
[60 FR 66877, Dec. 27, 1995, as amended at 62 FR 4607, Jan. 30, 1997]"
$100,000 per violation per day? How is that in accordance with the US Constitution which states:"Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted."?
The constitution of the state of Wisconsin states:
"The people have the right to fish, hunt, trap, and take game subject only to reasonable restrictions as prescribed by law. "
What right does the Governor or even the legislature have to turn over regulatory control of any part of Lake Michigan (Or any part of the rest of the state for that matter) to an unaccountable federal agency? Especially when that very agency has such a tyrannical history, once given such authority?
NOAA will not be working under the laws, rules and regulations of the state of Wisconsin, which are adequate to protect our resources and backed by local knowledge and input, but by federal regulations created by a one-size-fits-all mentality, which will be wielded like bludgeons against any individual who ventures to request a permit through their processes or who - even inadvertently or to save a life - violates one of their regulations. Further, NOAA is an unelected federal agency, over whom the people of Wisconsin will have no control or recourse, should we come to regret the decision to allow them in.
Shouldn't such a decision rest with the people of the state of Wisconsin? If the people are to be expected to abide by the dictates of NOAA, then the people - all the people of Wisconsin deserve to have a say in that decision because it will affect all of us.
The people in Sheboygan, Ozaukee, Manitowoc and Kewaunee counties need to be paying attention. The velvet glove says increased tourism and money and jobs will come to you if you cooperate, but the iron fist will incrementally eat away at every one of the ways you utilize and enjoy Lake Michigan over time.
Go to www.regulations.gov , search for NOAA-NOS-2016-0150 click on the "comment now" button and leave a comment, because the public input time is running out. Let them know that you want a say in this decision and more, that you want truthful information regarding NOAA regulations and authority over these marine sanctuaries.
"12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; " ~ Jude 1:12