First of all, thank you Brian for closing a thread in which some of the discussion had become quite ugly over the past few days…even after a warning from the webmaster in a different thread just the day before.
If you’re very familiar with fish management/politics in AK (or anywhere else for that matter) then this probably isn’t much of a surprise to you. Here in AK, we’re fortunate…by and large…to have healthy and abundant fish stocks. SOMETHING WORTH FIGHTING FOR, even if the solution(s) aren’t all that obvious or reachable by unanimous consent. If it was that easy or obvious, there wouldn’t be any need for the BOF, NPFMC, or even for the Legislative task force.
We all care about the fish…passionately so…and we can let it turn to personal attacks against those that may disagree on the small points. Yes, I said the small points – even though those “small points” may seem “big”, depending on your point of view.
So, enjoy! Hopefully the tone will improve. The “Management” forum has been quite valuable, in my opinion. I’ve said before (as have others) that we’re not likely to change each other’s minds --but maybe we can better understand other points of view. People should take a deep breath and sleep on it before posting a knee-jerk reaction to another post.
amateur fish killer and former BOF member