Democrat Assemblywoman Patricia Jones has introduced one of the most egregious attacks on hunters and gun owners seen this legislative session. Assembly Bill 6003 would require hunters to obtain firearm liability insurance in the amount of $50,000 dollars, while confiscating the firearms of those who do not have the insurance, and holding gun owners responsible for crimes committed by someone who steals their firearms.
AB 6003 is currently in the Assembly Committee on Financial Institutions and Insurance. With only a few weeks left in New Jersey’s session, it is unclear if AB 6003 will get a hearing. Regardless, New Jersey sportsmen should make their voices heard today to ensure this terrible bill is not reintroduced in 2020.
Take Action Today! New Jersey sportsmen should call their Assembly member and ask them to vote NO on AB 6003. Sportsmen can contact their legislators by using the Sportsmen’s Alliance Legislative Action Center Directory.
Under the bill, first-time violators of the insurance requirement would face a $1,000 fine, while repeat offenders would be saddled with a fine of $5,000 and revocation of any permit, identification card or license to purchase, carry, or possess a firearm for five years.
A person failing to report a lost or stolen firearm would be liable for all damages caused by that firearm, including personal injuries or medical expenses.
Finally, failure to carry proof of liability insurance shall result in the seizure of the firearm by law enforcement.
“AB 6003 is an unnecessary attack on law-abiding hunters and firearm owners, and unjustly penalizes them when their own firearms are stolen by criminals,” said Bruce Tague, vice president government affairs for Sportsmen’s Alliance. “This bill should never see the light of day.”
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Copyright © 2019 CBC/Radio-Canada
By Paul Withers
December 5, 2019
Snow crab processors in Nova Scotia may have found a way to turn crab waste into cash after a four-year study demonstrated the carcasses can be turned into fertilizer, used to strengthen concrete or to neutralize acidic wastewater like mine tailings.
That's encouraging news for Louisbourg Seafoods, one of six snow crab processors in Cape Breton, and a partner in the study.
The company trucks 450,000 kilograms of crab waste each year from its processing plant in Glace Bay to a compost facility 200 kilometres away in Guysborough.
"We really want to find a way to do something with the crab waste other than what we're doing with it now," said Allan MacLean, senior operations manager.
"We pay about $35,000 a year to get rid of it this way, so we'd obviously like to save that and if there's a way that we can increase the revenues from the crab waste, that's obviously an important aspect for us."
Why This Fishery is so Important
Snow crab is one of Atlantic Canada's most lucrative fisheries, creating jobs and pumping money into rural communities.
In 2017, the fishery was valued at $967 million in Atlantic Canada and Quebec.
This year, fishermen in the four Atlantic provinces were allowed a total catch of over 60,000 tonnes (or 60 million kilograms).
One-third of that by weight will be discarded after processors remove the legs and shoulders.
"Hopefully, the waste from all of the processing facilities in Cape Breton gets utilized, other than just going to a composting site," said MacLean.
Louisbourg Seafoods and Cape Breton University chemist Stephanie MacQuarrie teamed up four years ago to investigate other uses for the carcasses.
The research project received around $200,000 from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
MacQuarrie dried and crushed the shells into small particles and then burned the powder in an oxygen-free atmosphere, a process known as pyrolysis.
The result is a charcoal known as biochar.
The burning also produced a bio oil with a high heat value when burned.
MacQuarrie said her lab tests show the unburned powder — which is primarily calcium carbonate — and biochar are both effective fertilizers and can be used as a remediation medium to neutralize acidic water at low doses.
Biochar was tested at two Cape Breton mine tailing sites, where it also removed iron, a common tailings contaminant.
Lab tests also showed biochar may be used as a substitute for fly ash to strengthen concrete.
"I'm excited about this project. We're taking a stream of material that is currently not valuable to the producers — in this case Louisbourg Seafoods — and looking at making a higher-value product that could be used as a replacement in other applications," said MacQuarrie.
Pitching it to Industry
This week, MacLean and MacQuarrie presented the results of the research to industry and government at Cape Breton University.
The cannabis industry has also expressed interest, said MacQuarrie.
She's not alone in exploring the possibilities.
In the case of biochar from snow crab, there are some challenges.
The season is short, running from April to the end of July, meaning a lot of product comes in at once.
The waste needs to be stabilized quickly and likely processed at a central location, which would require an industrial-scale drying and burning facility.
Cape Breton crab processors will be meeting next week to talk about the research and its potential.
MacLean believes it could pay for itself in two or three years.
"I just think that there's a product here that can be utilized for the benefit of the environment, instead of just strictly going to a landfill site or to a compost site," he said.
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Another Cut in Atlantic Cod Fishing Not Enough for Environmentalists
Copyright © 2019 The Associated Press
By Patrick Whittle
December 6, 2019
Fishing regulators are proposing another cutback to the catch limits for Atlantic cod, but some environmentalists say the move isn't significant enough to slow the loss of the species.
Atlantic cod fishing was once one of the biggest marine industries in New England, but the fishery has deteriorated after years of overfishing and environmental changes. Fishermen caught less than 2 million pounds of the fish in 2017, decades after routinely catching more than 100 million pounds annually in the early 1980s. It was the worst year for the fishery in its history.
The cod fishing industry is now subject to strict quotas. The New England Fishery Management Council, a regulatory panel, proposed on Wednesday to cut the allowable commercial catch limit for cod on two key fishing areas off New England from more than 4 million pounds to less than 3 million pounds per year.
“The current stock status is overfished, and overfishing is occurring," said Jamie Cournane, groundfish plan coordinator with the management council. “Over the years, people have discussed the role of the environment and other factors on these stocks."
But Conservation Law Foundation, a Boston-based environmental group, said nothing short of an end to directed fishing of cod will be enough to rebuild the stock.
“It should be an incidental catch fishery. It's abundantly clear that decades of risky decisions have failed this fishery and generations of fishermen," said Erica Fuller, an attorney for the group, at Wednesday's meeting. “Put these stocks on a track to rebuild."
Atlantic cod were once the preferred fish for fish and chips, but other species have filled that void in the years since the species' population dropped and the fishing industry for it fell into decline.
The New England Fishery Management Council's recommendation must be approved by the U.S. Department of Commerce to go into effect.
Fishermen in the Northeast have long avoided cod because of the low quotas. The fish is a “choke species,” meaning fishermen must stop fishing altogether once they reach their quota for it. Most instead target more plentiful species, such as haddock and pollock.
The new catch limits would apply through 2022, though they could be updated in 2021 and 2022, because the U.S. shares some of the catch quota with Canada.