Originally Posted by Cohoangler
I understand, Cohoangler. The issue is essentially academic at this point—too many unknowns and variables to be able to safely pontificate about much.
In the meantime self-interest muddies the water because, believe me, human beings can rationalize and justify anything* in pursuit of self-interests. And this is the arena that engages my interest. Dip-netters who hate commercial fishing, C&R devotees trying to preempt C&EAT anglers, and so on, all making, in their own minds of course, perfectly rational arguments for why their self-interests should be a priority.
*Years ago I read A Defense of Virginia and the South, a book that rationalized and justified the ante-bellum South's institution of chattel slavery. Good book, perfectly rational if one accepted the author's premises. I came away from having read the book with the conviction that people can justify anything, even chattel slavery. Compared to chattel slavery, justifying why, say, C&R should preempt C&EAT is child's play. Literally.