This is one of the first hate ads that the Gulf Coast Conservation Association used in all the Texas papers to paint commercial fishermen as the nemesis. Their campaign of hate worked. There is not much you can’t do to poison minds if you have the time, talent and treasure. And the Houston, Texas leaders had all three.
The gcca, which is now the cca has a wealthy group of marine manufacturers and sport fishing clubs working with them to steal all the fish for anglers. Rank and file sport fishermen do not hate commercial fishermen. It is time the non-boaters, who depend on the commercial fishermen to harvest their share, are fully considered by NOAA, FWC and all fishery managers.
We know the cca, asa and nmma’s game plan. Millions of non-fishermen now have social media to separate the facts from heifer dust. The question today is:
“DADDY, WHY CAN’T WE EAT REDFISH WHEN MY FRIEND JOHNNY’S FAMILY EATS IT EVERY TIME HIS DADDY GOES FISHING?” Bob Jones 04 29 2018
(From Wetland Riders by Robert Fritchey)
This is the fish allocation for the recreational sector- people with boats to get into federal waters http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sustainable_fisheries/acl_monitoring/recreational_historical/sa_recreational_historical/sa_recreational_historical.pdf
This is the fish allocation to the non-boaters/restaurants/retailers harvested by licensed commercial fishermen who keep track of every fish harvested and keeps them safe from water to waiter. http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sustainable_fisheries/acl_monitoring/commercial_sa/historical/pdfs/sa_commercial_historical.pdf
WHEN IT COMES TO FOOD FISH, NOT BILLFISH, THE USE OF THE WORD GAMEFISH MEANS, “TAKING AWAY FROM NON-FISHERMEN AND GIVING TO PRIVATE SPORT FISHERMEN.” PRIVATIZATION AT ITS WORST.