BillHoo

Great! Another species to go endangered!

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Tons of fallacies and hyperbole in that blurb.  I happen to live on one of the most productive elver rivers in Maine and stop by the landing where the elver fishermen congregate.  It's true that back in the earlier part of the last decade that there were no limits for the fishermen, although the number of licenses were limited.  Now there are strict quotas for each licensee and a total catch limit.  It's probably the most regulated and overseen fishery in Maine now, even more so than lobster fishing. 

 

Regrettably the reason for the oversight is more likely from a tax perspective.  In the old "Gold Rush" days, it was a cash business so the state missed out on income tax.  Now all transactions between the fishermen and buyers are recorded electronically.  Yeah, there is a black market, but DMR and the tax boys are always on the hunt.

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Somebody's sig line here goes something like "Put a price on an animals head, and watch it disappear."

Allowing humans to be stewards of our natural world is like letting me be the steward of your cold 6 pack.

"Ooops, all gone."

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Without diverting to another controversial argument... It's like gun laws.  Legistlate all you want, people will still shoot each other.  Only the honest people will follow.  The ciminals (poachers) will still try to make an easy buck by taking what they can as long as someone has money to pay.

 

Russian sturgeon after the fall of the Soviet Union virtually went extinct as they were harvested to satisfy the US demand for caviar back in the Roaring 80s.

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16 hours ago, BillHoo said:

Without diverting to another controversial argument... It's like gun laws.  Legistlate all you want, people will still shoot each other.  Only the honest people will follow.  The ciminals (poachers) will still try to make an easy buck by taking what they can as long as someone has money to pay.

 

Russian sturgeon after the fall of the Soviet Union virtually went extinct as they were harvested to satisfy the US demand for caviar back in the Roaring 80s.

Sadly you are correct. We have to be saved from ourselves. :beatin:

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