I guess that’s why we elect multi-millionaire movie stars to office, so they can think clearly and be free of the day-to-day pressure the rest of us poor working schmucks have to put up with.
Fish and Game Commission President Cindy Gustafson made a statement a couple meetings ago to the effect that there was little socioeconomic impact from the Channel Islands reserves and that meant everyone who is claiming there will be economic havoc from the pending reserves off the North Central Coast and South Coast doesn’t have a leg to stand on.
She blithely ignored the fact her commission was forced to close the coastal shelf to all rockfishing just a year or two before the closures at the Channel Islands or the salmon and rockfish seasons (set by her board) that have shrunk from most of the year to a few months or nothing at all.
How do you tell what has caused the most damage? And whether Ms. Gustafson realizes it or not, both the recreational and commercial fishing industries have been severely impacted.
I can give an instance that strikes extremely close to home. I took over as editor of Western Outdoors® magazine a few years ago. The economy was just starting to falter and fishing companies were careful with their money. The mag has always had a tough time competing for ad dollars with our very own weekly publication, but offered a much larger reach (the entire West Coast) and circulation. But potential advertisers started saying things like, “I don’t know, all we hear about out West is one closure after another.”
Western Outdoors suspended publication after the May issue of this year.
I’m sure it will make all the Fish and Game commissioners and BRTF members, etc. feel better that Western Outdoor News® is still around and so am I.
But like they say on the basketball court when the ball gets away, we sure could use "a little help."