Not quite. Lots of people mistakenly think the constitution mandates MSY. The constitution speaks to maximum use and benefit (and sustained yield, of course). MSY can certainly fall within those parameters, but it's not the directive.
Originally Posted by Funstastic
Here are the relevant sections:
Section 8.1 - Statement of Policy. It is the policy of the State to encourage the settlement of its land and the development of its resources by making them available for maximum use consistent with the public interest.
Section 8.2 - General Authority. The legislature shall provide for the utilization, development, and conservation of all natural resources belonging to the State, including land and waters, for the maximum benefit of its people.
Section 8.3 - Common Use. Wherever occurring in their natural state, fish, wildlife, and waters are reserved to the people for common use.
Section 8.4 - Sustained Yield. Fish, forests, wildlife, grasslands, and all other replenishable resources belonging to the State shall be utilized, developed, and maintained on the sustained yield principle, subject to preferences among beneficial uses.