Glimmerjim wrote: I may be slow but I'm dumb!
seastreet wrote: I don't understand why more commercial guys aren't against this practice. It affects their livelihoods as well.
seastreet wrote:Omega Protein pads the pockets of politicians to look the other way while they do their reduction fishing. During the years that the commercial reduction fishing is limited, the fishing is off the charts for kings, cobia, stripers, etc. When they wipe out the bait, the result is predictable. I don't understand why more commercial guys aren't against this practice. It affects their livelihoods as well. This is what happens when seafood dealers are allowed to make the rules. The everyday commercial guys who don't own big trawlers get screwed too.
JTR wrote:Its not just the Chesapeake Bay either. Omega has essentially destroyed the pogie population. I remember, not long ago, when you could practically walk on pogies in Boston Harbor and around the cape. Now, you are lucky to find them.
aunt betty wrote:I'm trying to educate myself on this issue. It appears that the fishing industry has decided to just fish for bait fish and is destroying the entire food chain from the bottom up. Does this affect the American Bald Eagle?
If it does...then there is your excuse to start a war. I suspect in some way it does affect the population of Eagles. Food chain is linked by 'links" ... like a chain...DUH.
That's the only way I can think of to drum up nation-wide support over these menhaden fish. I'm from Illinois so know little or nothing about commercial fishing but I'm willing to educate myself and try to help. It sounds like a really bad thing. Maybe I'd make the problem worse by becoming involved in something I know little about...There's a point buried in here somewhere.
The point is that people from New York should not tell people in Colorado or Montana what to do with wolves for instance. I'm not going to tell you what to do about the Menhaden because I'm ignorant about fishing...That's the point.
Depending on my source of info...I could be misled into really messing things up so I'll let the experts figure this out.
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