Posted by Brad on January 25, 2012 at 16:48:53:|
In Reply to: Contentious California Marine Reserve Program Goes Into Effect; Fishermen Begin To Incur L posted by on January 24, 2012 at 18:14:16:
resent the duplicity of this article
"250 mile arc of coastline"
The very first para implies that the reserves are huge, (250 miles!) That is a deliberate false impression constructed by the author.
First of all, the MPA's cover 15% if that, not 20--a 20% reduction in the area to fish does not translate into a 20% reduction in income. If you can't fish here, you move a couple miles away and start fishing in a non-restricted area--Pretty damn simple if you ask me...(this is a totally false assertion)
As we all know by now, the advent of hoop netting has had a much more substantial impact than the closures have on local lobster populations. (DRY-WARM-from the comfort of a boat and you still get to take a SEVEN limit--ARE YOU SERIOUS??)
How on earth can anyone expect an MPA to protect against an oil spill--that is a specious argument.
"People need access to sustainable ocean food for nutritional health and our livelihood,"
while it may be a 'fact' it simply isn't true--
LOCAL SEAFOOD IS PRICED OUT OF THE BUDGET OF MOST WORKING FAMILIES! Locally caught (and wild imports) costs as much a filet mignon. It will never be a staple for an average working family. The myth about fishermen feeding a hungry world is patently untrue at the prices fresh fish command in today's market.
I quit fishing in 2000 because the sportfishing community declared WAR against the CI reserves. There was never a doubt in my mind that these reserves would come to fruition and i can't tell you how thrilled i am that we finally have a small set of reserves along the coast--