Lets break it down to brass tacks.
The recreational sector and its economic impact on the multi-billion dollar hook line and sinker fishing / boating / tourism industries.
The Commercial fishing industry - their political clout
Balanced with their right to fish - employ workers - sustain a dying industry supply the distributors and the consumers with fresh fish.
A solution would be to supply the fresh fish market through aquacultured striped bass exclusively. This of course addresses the supply and demand aspect but not the impact on the commercial industry as it shifts the dollars to a entirely different industry.
A % of sales could go back to the commercial Captains to offset their losses of not fishing for the bass. Sort of a pay for not harvesting crops like the govt has done in the past with farmers.
Now lets assume the striped bass has gamefish status for this discussion.
The increased predation population affecting other fish species IMO isnt a good enough argument to preclude gamefish status. Look at history as the barometer. Before the crash and overfishing their were plenty of forage available for a biomass that dwarfs todays levels.
An informed public would go a long way in making sound decisions as whats best for the species and not whats best for the various special interests. For example - interested parties need to be informed about the political aspects of the Governing boards, their appointments and what interests they may represent. 5 voting members out of a total of 21 on the Mid-Atlantic Council work for the commercial fishing industry.
The Mid-Atlantic Council states include North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. Structurally, the Mid-Atlantic Council has 21 voting members: the
Northeast regional administrator of NMFS, a representative of the marine resource agency for each of the seven Mid-Atlantic states, and 13 members nominated by the state governors and appointed by the Secretary of Commerce. The 13 appointed members serve for three-year terms, up to a maximum of three consecutive terms. In addition, four non-voting members represent the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of State, and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. The Mid-Atlantic Council meets seven times a year, alternating
locations between all of the seven Mid-Atlantic states. The three or four day meetings provide opportunities for the public to observe the meetings and participate in public testimony on specific actions of the Mid-Atlantic Council. In 2007, the Mid-Atlantic Council will switch to meeting only
six times a year, in six of the seven Mid-Atlantic states.
Also a rudimentary understanding of the complex nature of of the symbiotic relationships of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Atlantic States Marine fisheries Council (ASMFC) and the Federal Fishery Management Councils - National Marine Fisheries Service and the Federal Fish and Wildlife agencies among many others.
Here is a publication of interest
This report was funded in part by the following grants # NA 07 FGO 024 and NA 97 FGO 034 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Habitat managers database
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission was formed by the 15 Atlantic coastal states in 1942 for the promotion and protection of coastal fishery resources.
to be continued. please add your thoughts and comments