Re: Re: Catalina Island and Marine Reserves

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Posted by Dr. Bill on December 08, 2005 at 09:44:45:

In Reply to: Re: Catalina Island and Marine Reserves posted by Mike on December 07, 2005 at 20:12:59:

Mike- A bit illogical yourself, my friend.

As I stated originally, I once had a part interest in a commercial salmon boat and worked with CDF&G to trap salmon to obtain milt and roe to sustain fish hatcheries. I am well aware of "consumers" working to enhance fish stocks. In fact a former student and good friend of mine has been a major supporter of the white sea bass projects.

What you miss is that these "consumer" oriented "resource" conservation projects are generally focused on the rehabilitation and restocking of individual species... and largely to provide future catch for the consumers themselves. Rarely do they look at the support structures necessary to sustain these fish once released. In other words, they need to take an ecosystem perspective (as the MLPA dictated) rather than a species-specific approach.

I also prefer not to use the word "resource." It implies that the other species of the world are here strictly as something for us to harvest.

As for scientists like myself "sinking the MLPA process," I don't think you understand the original intent of the Act which was to look at the need for reserves based on strictly scientific assessments of the ecosystems involved. It was not intended to be subverted for the benefit of those who have self-interest in mind (and those folks include some fishers, scientists and recreational divers IMHO).

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