Originally Posted by CHARLIE
Maximum size limit. The big sows are the majority egg layers. They are the one we need to leave alone. There are folks who just target those fish believe it or not.
This has been considered but since these larger fish are found in deeper waters, there would be an extremely high mortality rate due to barotrauma. These discarded dead fish would still be counted towards our landings total so it's probably better to keep them.
The Vision 2020 document suggests that we should just enjoy the "experience" and go to total catch and release by 2020. Some say that this would open the door for total closure of access due to excessive release mortality.