As the heading suggests, this is only food for thought. This post could have fit in any number of forums but I picked fishing as most of what I'm about to say is fishing related. Oh, and by the way, if your one of those contentious types please keep going as I'm not going to banter with anyone.
A couple years ago I started a thread under the heading "Loose the Competition" and man did I get an ear full. Everything from you cant spell to you must be the antichrist. At that time I was coming against the extremely competitive nature exuded by folks here in the great land with regard to fishing & hunting activities. I seemed then, and still does that a lot of folks focus too much on the "how many and how big" aspect.
Henry David Thoreau onec wrote "many men will fish their entire live with out realizing, it's not the fish their after!" To which I respond "Amen Brother"
Let's put the shoe on the other foot for a minuite, you do your own research and form your own conclusions. Start in the fishing forum since your allready here, see how far you get before running into a post with a good dose of disgruntlement in it. How you catch em, how many you can catch, why theres none there to catch, it just goes on and on. Now go to the dip net forum, same thing. Now go the the fishery management forum, same thing. Now go to the commercial fishing forum, same thing.Now go to the hunting forum, same thing. It just keeps going and going even the ATV forum is full of it. I dont frequent the garden forum but I'd suspect someone on there has a red az!
The one thing that stands out to me, the common denominator in all this is greed. Yep, their now Ive said it and I can aleady feel the blood preasures rising. Well unless someone can give me a better explination of why everyone wants it all for themselves I'm gonna stick with greed.
Further more, I believe this states fish and game problems are bigger than us. If this were not true then how come the problems are growing. Could it be the growing population, could it be global warming, maybe it's Sarah's fault? Greed folks, pure and simple.
I read with interest the post of someone catching 85 read and it's still not enough gotaa have more more more.
Does anyone stop and think about what their kids might want to catch? I have no better answers than the next guy regarding these complex issues but I do believe that if any positive change is to come about it must be thru the end users not relying on some agency to regulate us to death. Do you really need all those fish maybe your relatives down in America could get by with out your yearly contributions? Oh yea now I got em going, how dare you blame the guy just trying to feed his family, and his inlaws, and his cousins and their neighbors etc!
Seriously, a concerted effort by the end users would in time restore whats been lost but it ain't gonna happen at our current rate of resourse decline. Actully, it probably ain't gonna happen at all and all Ive done is inflame the general populis with my ranting. But if you have a brain cell one you can see some truth in what I'm saying.