The change you are asking everyone to make is a very big change for some of us. When I was growing up, I fished for food. It still is satifying for me to keep a fish for breakfast, or when kayaking, to fish for lunch or dinner. There is something lost in spending your time fishing all morning or afternoon, and then cook the fish from the market you have been trying to keep fresh enough to have for your meal. Have you thought about fishing contests for the kids, or the promotion to take a kid fishing? Do we tell them that it is forbidden to handle the fish, and a sin to eat anything you have caught? Here in New Hampshire, the catch and release idea is being promoted, but with stocking being done every year, what would happen if everyone actually did it. It would be the same if hunting were outlawed. The animals would starve to death. We have too many deer starving as it is. In the fish world, the food supply will be each other, so, perhaps, they would decline on their own, which doesn't seem like a nice prospect to think about. Protecting the resource is a nice idea, but with fish, it is a renewable resource, if each of us obeyed the rules. When I was a kid, we had the advantage of NOT having freezers to hold all the excess we take home. If we took only what we could use, it would go a long way in protecting the resource, and still enjoying the fruits of our efforts. I am not opposed the concept with a little common sense in the mix.
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Posted by: sfm2244 on May-30-06 1:13 PM (EST)
I concur, my take is that as a sportsman, you should only take what you are going to use for consumption and release or share the surplus.