Larry the SOS plan is an attempt by some charter captains to make a power grab, simple as that.lbhuntley (10/26/2009)Matt, according to recreational catch data for 09, http://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/st1/recreational/queries/catch/time_series.html,recreationalharvested 3,581,005 lbs or1,13,005 over the 09 recreational quota of 2,450,000 lbs. This factprobably means the 2010 rs season will be cut in half, or approx 35 dayinstead of 65. Don't you recognize something must be done tobetter manage the fishery forbothprivate recreational and charter and it can't be faith based? Matt, thetruthmay be that there are too many recreational fishermento have a meaningful rs season and to ensure stock recovery based on Magnuson-Stevens. At a minimum the SOS plan is an attempt to better manage the resource for charter.
And another thing that irritates me is I keep hearing "well we've got to do something so we might as well do the SOS plan". What kind of sense does that make? If your house was on fire and you didn't have any water, would you pour gas on it because you had to do something? Of coarse not!
Just cause we need to do something does not mean we have to do the worst idea I've ever heard of. We need to focus on the problems; the magnusum-stevenson act is a ridiculous piece of legislation and the science used to manage our fisheries is useless. By trying to work with either the law or the science at this point is a losing battle and pointless effort.
But you guys don't want to do that, that's hard work and takes time. It's easier just to take someone else's fish. The SOS plan gives you absolute power over the fishery right now, so I guess that sounds like a better plan.