Earlier I commented on an existing thread regarding the pot reduction and after reading a number of others opinions; decided the topic needed it's own space.
A lot of us are saying the same things! All of us agree management is important but the stickler seems to be "what's the best answer".
Reducing rec guys 20% on their pot count is plausible so how about reducing the commies 20% as well? Or how about going back to a time where the resource was healthy, after the resource recovered from a previous crash brought on from over fishing and before the resource was allowed to be commercial fished this go around.
See any correlation?
Many of us (one at a time) have made comments to fish and game about our observations on the shrimp ground and most of us probably feel like those comments fell on deaf ears!
It might be time to mount our own offensive and make a little noise.
The commercial guys are doing this right now. Think about it, this closure is based on an emergency order a couple weeks before the season. Now, did fish and game do an actual survey or were they listening to some commercial interest? Im curious.
Think about this. The main spokesperson in the ADN article is the same guy who pours a lot of effort into providing gear for the sport guys then defends the commercial guys when someone brings up the condition of the fishery. You've all seen it.
Not picking on anyone in particular here, I'd just like to see some consistency. Sell me gear then blame me for the condition of the fishery? If you look at the stats they'd like you to believe there's thousands of rec pots in the water at the same time. Motoring around the sound I have to question this logic. I can count.
Moving on, is a recreational consortium of sorts feasible? Fish and game might appreciate our group being proactive, proving that we can be part of the solution.
It's a great fishery and it wrankles me to no end to watch it going down from year to year.
Share your thoughts.