posted on January 16, 2006, 11:58 pm
>Well Jon I would be training your kids to do something other then >fishing as i doubt there will many fish left to catch in 30 years >time.
People have been saying that since catches started declining here in the 1850s. Last year in Maine the total catch for the species I harvest was over 70 million pounds and the most current research indicates that motality levels due to fishing are within safe limits, the population is healthy, and overfishing is not occurring. My kids will be free to make their own choices about their vocation. If they elect to remain on the remote island where we live, where commercial fishing is the *only* means of making a good living, the fishery will still be intact for them as it has been for generations, regardless of unfounded gloom and doom prophesy.