My miserable office is but to obey thee.
Are there really enough people borrowing from western sky that it makes sense for them to spring for a commercial? Must be the native american drumming in the background…their intoxicating.
But my name is on this thing. I’ll let others do the heavy lifting for a change.
Just over a week to go for the 2011 fishing season…and I’m all in. Yeah, the blog has sucked. Yes, my wife hates me. Sure, my friends have stopped calling. No, I haven’t done my taxes. No, I haven’t finished my business plan for the new boat.
Fucking live with it.
There will be plenty of time to not fish when I’m dead.
The bridle is just a loop. It goes through one eye, around the swivel and that’s all. There is no need to cut each one…just loosen the loop and pop it over the end of the swivel. Now I have to replace all of the bridles instead of just slipping new swivels on.
Hope you hit it big selling those $1 swivels on the black market. That is all.
That’s when I do my best worrrkk;ljknxzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
The science behind fisheries management is taking a pretty hard hit as of late, what with the most recent cod assessment and all. Now, not only are there rumors that the Georges bank cod assessments will be even more shocking, but it seems that the yellowtail flounder that have been more and more prevalent in recent years have not arrived on schedule. I would like to think that if the yellowtail assessments come in shockingly lower the next time around, people will finally have no choice but to point fingers at sector management.
It will be a hard sell for the pro-sector crowd, who is becoming more and more desperate to validate their actions. But there is something in the science that I think people might be ignoring…something that gave Days at Sea management a bad rap: bycatch mortality.
For some reason, the science considers everything a fisherman catches, whether it is kept or not, to be dead. These numbers were figured into the science that led to allocations. Now, fishermen (and scientists) know that not everything that goes overboard dies. Are there people much smahtah than me that should be looking at the possibility that the discrepancy in mortality rate may have led to allocations that re-introduced overfishing into a fishery on the mend? Perhaps by-catch in the Days at sea fishery wasn’t the 100% waste that they thought it was? And if you consider everything that comes aboard a fishing boat to immediately be dead, how do you justify the tagging programs that have been successful for years?
personally, I have about twenty of the T-shirts they send out as rewards. I always lie and tell them that I release the fish. Maybe that’s the reason the numbers are off.
And for the record, the T-shirts are starting to get a little cheap. And while I love writing about all this regulatory stuff, I still have to please the masses:
Behind every great leader; supporting every international hero; motivating every inspirational individual effort there is a loving partner. A person that doesn’t need the lime-light. That knows his/her role. I am that man.
I’ll be livin’ in a van, down by the river.
doug maxfield says:
4000 mt won’t make a difference. No one is willing to admit defeat on the catch share fiasco just yet, but it’s time someone put on their big boy pants.
Sure, everyone can claim that the science in 2008 was flawed. But it does seem coincidental that it confirmed exactly what the fishermen were seeing. Four years later and no one wants to look at what part of the equation has changed. I believe your advice, Mr. Shelley, was to “make it work”.
Trust me, people are trying. But what happens when the number of boats able to fish is cut in half AND the fish are gone?
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