As a fisherman and as a moderator, the Fisheries Management Forum is both one of my most and least favorite parts of this site. When folks are respectful and helpful, great dialogue can be had and solutions can be found to concerns within our fishing community. When folks are accusatory and spiteful, any potential benefits that this forum may provide are lost amid the divisiveness. As of late some here have let vitriol become the norm. I do believe that all involved in these discussions really do want what's best for the fisheries, but too often it becomes about personalities, perceived motivations, and accusations of greed and wrongdoing when others disagree.
For those that aren't aware, these forums are largely volunteer-run. We cannot read every one of the hundreds of posts made here a day, and for the most part we do not need to. Over the 50 forums we provide, our members do a good job of self-policing - living up to a standard of civility and mutual respect. For some reason, that has not held true as often on this particular forum.
Please help me turn things around here. The tension in the recent threads are not the fault of any one member or group of members. Even when others choose to take the low road, my request to each of you is to set a better example. At the same time, please use the "report post" button to keep me apprised of blatant rule violations so that I can help clean up threads that run awry. When threads run too far off course they at times must be closed, but overall my hope is that we can continue to dialogue with respect for one another (no matter how wrong the other guy may be ). Thank you.