I would like some opinions. I am writing a college paper and have to conduct interviews on my topic. I thought a good source would be all of YOU. Here is the big question I would like to explore.
How will current fishing methods and fisheries management affect the future of our sportfishing community?
Where do you see the stocks in 50 years?
- The stocks will be dominated by hatchery fish. Just like cattle, do you see any wild cows or horses running in the plains?
The future of any animal that becomes important to humans is like this.
And the only reason it will be maintained is because we like to eat it.
Will the still be a sport fishery in 50 years?
- It will still exist and be more or less the same.
Will there still be commercial fisheries?
- You bet. Unfortunately. A natural resource is always the easiest money maker (to exploit). If there is something in nature we can make money off of without any effort, skill or investment, we will jump right on it.
Are the fisheries been managed well?
- No the fisheries are not managed well. Not due to mismanagement by the DFO, but by the lack of understanding of importance of it by the general public.
More taxpayer money going towards environmental management rather than bailouts of Wall street mafia.
How could the fisheries be managed better?
- Every river that does and used to have salmon should have a hatchery pumping out fish. Salmonids are the only fish, I know of, that can be trained to come back. The only thing that they really depend on is cool climate, and that can possibly be changed with forced evolution.
More research into effects of sports fishing on rivers. Quota set based on specifics of what a river's population can handle and what the river needs.
A river needs a certain number of fish to return in order to sustain it's population. Anything more than that, infact, reduces the productivity of the river. Every hatchery should ensure that they produce more fish and calculate how many are caught and set limits based on that. Example if there are 1000 fish extra that can be caught, they should issue 1000 licenses at 1 fish limit. Or 500 licenses at 2 fish limit, etc... If they produce 100,000 fish extra that means they can issue 10,000 licenses can catch 10 fish per season. Or 20,000 can catch 5 fish.
Limits should be set per season, not per day and every fish caught should be marked and counted at least for a season or two. That could give them some real data to work with instead of speculation.