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Commercials arent the only reason

George, thats a very well thought out and written article. I have been fishing for as long as I can remember and I know that the commercial fishermen are a huge part of the fish decline. However, they are not the only reason.

As you said from 1990 to 2000, the commercials have taken more than the recs. But if you add up the 2 numbers, there has been an overall decline in fish. Dont get me wrong, I agree, regs need to be uped, but thats not the only thing. Decline in water quality, seal population explosions and brown tide (which destroys clams and mussles) all help to reduce flounder populations. We are all to blame for this (commercial fisherman moreso, in my opinion).

Just as a side note, how many times have you seen undersize fish being kept by the recreational fisherman?? Because in my experience Ive seen it done quite often, even on party boats.

Greggie
 
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