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WRAL Investigates - NC Division of Marine Fisheries #CRFLGate
« Reply #82 on: July 12, 2017, 06:53:21 AM »
Citizens Science continues to hold NCDMF accountable after raiding anglers funds -

*Its important to know Director Braxton Davis was, by somewhat of his own admission surprised to learn he had been thrust into this roll just over a year ago, much of what you are seeing Mr. Davis had no involvement in.  However he is now having to deal with the fallout.





From: CitizensScience,
Date: July 10, 2017 at 7:23:11 PM EDT
To: braxton.davis@ncdenr.gov
Cc: Phil.Berger@ncleg.net, tim.moore@ncleg.net, Harry.Brown@ncleg.net, John.Bell@ncleg.net

Subject: CRFL Inquiry -


Director Davis,

In the recent Investigative Report aired by WRAL with respect to the CRFL Fishing License Fund, it was reported you stated, Beth Wood, State Auditor had just completed an audit.

http://www.wral.com/news/local/wral_investigates/video/16805583/

Was this a "New" 2017 audit, and if so, please provide a copy, or were you referring to the limited legislative audit published back in 2016?

Further, when questioned about legislative approval to support the roughly 25 positions division staff stated they "Fund-Shifted" moneys from the CRFL fund to pay for these positions and allege, no legislative authority was required since these were previously filled positions. 





However, included within the 2016 audit is a footnote stating a number of "Temporary" Positions are being funded through fishermans license funds. 

1) Please provide the Divisions authority to utilize CRFL Funds to pay for these temporary positions.





WRAL also reported the Division handed out 3% raises each year for each of the CRFL Funded positions. 

2) Please provide documentation to support each specific CRFL funded Division employee in fact realized a 3% raise compounded yearly as indicated below? 



Audit findings strongly suggest CRFL license sales SAVE'ed NC Division of Marine Fisheries significant resources... 





NCDMF is continuing to receive millions of dollars from the CRFL Fund under the false narrative of license sales, when it actually likely resulted in a net savings to the Division given WRC / License Agents are conducting 99% of all CRFL Sales.

Current data shows DMF sold 1661 CRFL's Licenses in 2016 at a cost to the CRFL fund of approximately $270.00 per license sale. 

So, out of 467,713 total CRFL sales for year 2016, DMF only sold 1661 licenses.

3) Why did NCDMF specifically take $2.7M in CRFL Funds to administer license sales for years 2012 -2017 yet their own license sales receipts show in 2016 they only sold 1661 Recreational License?

This $2.7M was in addition to the initial General Assembly funding below.



It seems the above is just more of the same, DMF furthering the longstanding deficiencies surrounding simple license administration.





4) Why is Division of Coastal Management charging the Recreational Fishermans License Fund $768,711.00 to fund two positions inside of DCM?   This appears to be clearly "Loss of Control" and even worse a "Diversion" of funds thus placing our state in serious risk of funding clawback...

NC's 1.2M sportsman are no longer interested in their license funds being diverted to assist DOT and reduce permit times and applicant cost at the anglers expense.





Documents obtained from NCDMF indicate the Division was "Legislatively Mandated" to utilize over $11,000,000.00 in CRFL funds to support FTP

3) Please provide statutory authority under 50 C.F.R 80 that would indicate this mandate is compliant under the "Act" and does not constitutes a "Loss of Control" thus deeming both NCWRC and NCMFC ineligible to receive federal Pittman / Robertson, Dingall / Johnson excise tax revenues totaling +\- $30M annually between both agencies.
(Example of sportsman federal excise tax grant funding below)





The Division states:
CRFL project administration is essential to the successful establishment of recreational fishing opportunities for the citizens of North Carolina, as well as resource protection and enhancement as identified in the 1997 Fisheries Reform Act and the Coastal Habitat Protection Plan adopted in 2005.  In addition, this employee’s role is to verify that projects funded meet program standards and are consistent with Division goals and objectives; confirm that project documents are submitted in a timely manner; coordinate the CRFL projects with other state activities and those of other agencies; and ensure the contractors comply with all applicable program laws and regulations.


5) Please provide a copy of the "Program Standards" for the CRFL Fund and what explanation DMF could offer serving to support the use of $340,000.00 in recreational anglers license funds to pay for the grant below?


Director Davis, this is only a sample of the deep deficiencies within Marine Fisheries...  Have you approached the General Assembly on how the Division intends on mitigating this mess?  We're talking about well over $15M, with all funds provided by a constituency base of 1.2M ppl.  It's significant -- 



 






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Re: WRAL Investigates - NC Division of Marine Fisheries #CRFLGate
« Reply #81 on: July 11, 2017, 12:26:48 PM »

More Funding "Cover-Up"... Un-Covered...

What are they trying to hide??




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WRAL Investigates - NC Division of Marine Fisheries #CRFLGate
« Reply #80 on: July 10, 2017, 03:06:45 PM »
Uncovering the "Cover-Up"...

We know the Intent of the Saltwater / Coastal Recreational Fishing License Fund was to provide dedicated funds to enhance the recreational fishery -

With that intent was a specific law 113-175.6 that was put into place to ensure no funds were raided our misused and at odds with the funds very intent.

Thus, 113-175.6 mandated the Director of NC Division of Marine Fisheries must report to legislative committee by October 1st of each year to present an accounting of all grants etc of the Marine Resource Fund (CRFL Fund).

You will see below how the Senate managed to quietly tuck in its 2015 Regulatory Reform Bill a full repeal of 113-175.6 to completely circumvent transparency and reporting.

The Senate bill inclusive of the above repeal language was placed into House Bill 765 and passed...  All without anyone's knowledge given it's less than transparent crafty language... "SECTION 4.12.(a) G.S. 113-175.6 is repealed"

See the events unfold below - 










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Re: WRAL Investigates - NC Division of Marine Fisheries #CRFLGate
« Reply #79 on: July 08, 2017, 08:41:26 AM »
"NCDMF admitted to "Fund-Shifting" ($10M) Anglers License Funds to fully fund 25 full time longstanding positions..."

OPPORTUNITY LOST:

1) How many acres of new Oyster Sanctuaries could $10M have developed if not used for those DMF salaries and associated operating costs?

2) How many acres of new Artificial Reefs could $10M have constructed if not used for those DMF salaries and associated operating costs?

Recreational Fishermen are being robbed!!

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WRAL Investigates - NC Division of Marine Fisheries #CRFLGate
« Reply #78 on: July 08, 2017, 08:08:04 AM »
NCDMF seeks more CRFL funds --

DEADLINE -- July 29, 2017

Currently these additional funds would come from the sale of recreational fishing licenses, one year after the General Assembly killed Governor McCrorys authorization to seek $600,000 in federal Joint Enforcement Funds (JEA).




Funding Year 2017 Coastal Recreational Fishing License Grant Program Funding Strategies

Management Goal – Fish

For specific needs by species see Research Priorities for the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries.

Objective 1: Estimate fishing effort, catch, harvest, and mortality of important coastal fish species.

Strategy F.1.1 Increase current recreational sampling levels to obtain estimates with greater precision.

Strategy F.1.2 Develop and expand statistically sound juvenile and adult fishery-independent sampling programs

Strategy F.1.3 Identify and gather life history information needed for stock assessment models

Strategy F.1.6 Conduct bycatch and discard mortality studies of recreationally important fish and fisheries

Strategy F.1.7 Develop gear and methodology for reducing release mortality from recreational fishing

Objective 2: Characterize socio-economic attributes of coastal fisheries.

Strategy F.2.1 Conduct socio-economic surveys of recreational fishermen.
Strategy F.2.2 Conduct angler preference and/or economic valuation studies of coastal recreational fisheries.

Objective 3: Enhancing Compliance

Strategy F.3.1 Provide fair and consistent enforcement of coastal fisheries regulations.

Strategy F.3.2 Provide state-of-the-art enforcement resources and training.



http://jonesandblount.com/2015/07/22/n-c-house-votes-to-make-sure-n-c-marine-patrol-cant-get-in-bed-with-federal-fish-fuzz/
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Re: WRAL Investigates - NC Division of Marine Fisheries #CRFLGate
« Reply #77 on: July 06, 2017, 09:33:40 PM »

Division of Marine Fisheries "Response" ...




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Re: WRAL Investigates - NC Division of Marine Fisheries #CRFLGate
« Reply #76 on: July 06, 2017, 09:06:23 PM »

NCDMF Responds and WRAL Investigates -




Click here for WRAL Full Report -
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1917091688574363&id=1589049881378547

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WRAL Investigates - NC Division of Marine Fisheries #CRFLGate
« Reply #75 on: July 02, 2017, 05:43:13 PM »
WRAL Investigates - North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries

NC Division of Marine Fisheries puts over $100,000,000.00 in Federal Conservation Funds at risk due to non-compliance. 

NCDMF failure to ensure compliance with 50 C.F.R. 80 assent language meant to protect the excise tax funds paid by sportsman of NC, DMF placed far in excess of $100M at risk.

Are you wondering how we get in excess of $100M?

Note the years provided below then add in the years leading up to 2017 and you have it. 

Most disturbing is these are not state or federal funds, this is funding paid into the resource by licensed sportsman for conservation etc. collected and held by the federal government then dispersed back to the state after conforming to the federal rule.






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Re: WRAL Investigates - NC Division of Marine Fisheries #CRFLGate
« Reply #74 on: June 29, 2017, 08:49:48 AM »

Just slide in and passed by the General Assembly -

How do you use State License Funds well beyond waters (3 miles) that are controlled by the State??   

= Loss of Control ??


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Re: WRAL Investigates - NC Division of Marine Fisheries #CRFLGate
« Reply #73 on: June 28, 2017, 10:50:00 AM »

With NO response from Braxton Davis on CRFLGate things heat up within the General Assembly...
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