Thread: Gulf Concerns
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Old 02-06-2019, 11:12 AM
Paul Barnard
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Originally Posted by Miss Trial View Post
I would caution you guys against attacking fishermen for catching fish that are legal to catch.

The feds apparently want to shut down every fishery we have already. Additionally, the fisheries the feds manage in the Gulf are managed terribly.

You guys need to be careful what you wish for. I feel certain someone 15-years ago posted that they saw someone with a legal limit of snapper and that nobody needs that much meat.
I think this is a good conversation for folks to have. You make part of my point when you say the feds are managing the Gulf terribly. That would be the very reason we would want regulate ourselves rather than push a species to the point of federal regulation as we did with triggerfish. The conversation comes down to beliefs and values.

Do you believe the species can sustain "enthusiastic" harvest?

Does your value set tell you that if it's legal it's okay?

My answer to the above questions are "no" and "not always."

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