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  1. Only to the metrically deprived.
  2. Why?
  3. Well, first thing you have to realize is the the clients on the party/charter boats are just as much recreational fishermen as the guy standing on the beach and casting into the surf. The operators of those charter party boats are in business to provide recreational fishermen the opportunity to go catch fish. What they choose to do with the fish they catch is up to them. I do know of a few boats that do promote catch and release, but I will admit that is not the norm. OTOH, strictly C&R fishing is not the norms for the vast majority of recreational striped bass fishermen. I don't understand why you would think that the charter/party customers are any different from their counterparts who fish from the shore or a private boat.
  4. Thanks Charlie, I'll have to go read it.
  5. Satan hisself!
  6. You are correct!
  7. Ya think?
  8. "So Biff and Muffy won’t get to enjoy their pub laden $20/lb bass fillets. Something tells me they won’t miss it. " So all of this people whom you think "abuses the resource" are named Biff and Muffy and they all eat in overpriced pubs? Got it!
  9. I was referencing the statistics produced by NOAA/NMFS on the economic impact of all commercial fishing vs all recreational fishing. Of course the impact will be different in the various fisheries. I have no idea what the statistic would show for striped bass, but I do suspect that in the states where it is legal, that it's about a 50-50 split, but I can't prove that. Even in the states where "commercial" fishing is already illegal, the Charter/party participation (that everyone seems to love to bash) probably has a bigger economic impact than the rest of the recreational fishery.
  10. Don't look now but your prejudices are showing. What "economy" are you talking about? Obviously, since the commercial fishing for striped bass is only allowed in a handful of Atlantic coast states, it's not going to have a big impact on the country's economy. OTHOH, the same can be said for recreational striped bass fishing which only takes place in a few number of states.
  11. Nice simplification! Maybe we should discuss "overfished" vs. "overfishing"?
  12. Of course you are correct, but I'm trying to simplify things here, to facilitate the discussion.
  13. Just FYI, it has nothing to with this discussion, but almost all paper pulp in this country is produced from privately owner forests that are planted and replanted over and over.
  14. That's an argument that many recreational fishermen like to make, but at best it's only marginally true. The biggest contribution to the country's economy by recreational fishing comes from the inudusty associated with recreational fishing, including the party/charter boats so many people around here love to bash. Take them out of the equation, like so many would like to do, and commercial fishing contributes as much if not more to the country's economy as recreational fishing does. Also the numbers that NOAA/NMFS does not include the many jobs that are "associated" with commercial fishing, but not directly involved in the fishery itself, such as employees at your local fishmonger, wait and kitchen staff at restaurants, commercial boat repair shops, etc.