Originally Posted by jim smarr
Would it surprise you to know that BRDs were implemented to reduce the
bycatch by 55% when the Hours a year Shrimped were at 177,000 or so now the Shrimping effort is around 77,000 hours a year before the storms as I understand. Seems to me total effort is down more than 55% much less bycatch so why are we looking at a cut in TAC in the Rec. sector????
That's an extremely good point, Jim. Has the Council been challenged on this point? If so, what is their response?
I say that this is all the more reason we need to take a Texas approach to solving the problem. Get the reef program going. Build our state stocks and we can regulate it ourselves.