Last login: Tuesday, September 27, 2011
I started fishing in the early 1950's, and was amazed at how productive the local ocean was. Most summer runs out to the Coronado Islands resulted in a limit (10 fish of one species) of 15-25 lb yellowtail and 5 barracuda, bonito, or calico bass to fill out the 15 mixed sports fish limit. Winter rock cod fishing usually produced 20 fish limits that averaged about 5 lbs.
The current sad state of our ocean fisheries is sad and unnecessary. Salt water fish, except sharks, reproduce prodigiously and grow quickly if they're given a chance. That's why I support marine protected areas and strict enforcement of minimum size and limits. We also need maximum size limits to allow the big mama and papa fish to lay and fertilize their gazillions of eggs. Finally, we should greatly restrict or stop fishing of forage fish such as anchovies and sardines.
Back in the 1950's, the old timers talked about how much better fishing was in the 1920's and 30's! We can get that back with backing off the overfishing so the ocean can heal.
September 27, 2011 at 10:46 a.m.
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