ne of the most intelligent persons I have ever met was a fellow who agreed
with most all of my opinions on everything. The most ignorant, uninformed
lout I have ever met was an unwashed Neanderthal type.
This guy didn't see one thing my way. In fact he told me that he was perfectly capable
of forming his own opinions especially about issues he had first hand knowledge
about. I know, however, his opinions lack validity, because my first hand
knowledge is based on carefully manipulated, although suspect, scientific
research. So I want you all to know this other guy is a real jerk and a
trouble maker, don't listen to a thing he has to say. For if you do, the
rest of us will know you are also an unwashed brute possessing a low IQ
just like him. If you have attended any meetings on the Massachusetts Recreational
Salt Water fishing license this may have familiar ring to it, read on.
To me it is amusing to observe the
maneuverings of people with a vested interest in promoting a specific agenda.
Especially people in "the public service" sector. It seems that if you
disagree or are critical of the path they wish to lead you and your money
down, you are given a specific, if not unflattering, label. Once labeled,
no one is to take your opinions seriously, least of all other "public servants"
or God forbid, the public. This tactic seems to be one of the favorites
of the many used by "public servants" to deflect criticism, especially
well deserved criticism. Criticism which will certainly cause them embarrassment
or subject the activities of these "public servants" to public scrutiny.
To disagree with someone else's ideas
just to be disagreeable is one thing, to disagree in order to promote or
protect one's own self interest is another. To disagree with an idea by
showing a person the folly in their idea or to take someone else's idea
and build upon it demonstrates something completely different. For you
see, the wisest person I ever met was a person who could disagree with
someone else ideas but understand the essence of the idea. Then take that
essence and formulate a different approach ultimately achieving results
that all could live and agree with. To me, people who possess this ability
demonstrate more than a degree of wisdom.
Take the case for a recreational
salt water fishing license in Massachusetts. I personally do not agree
that one is wanted or needed by recreational salt water anglers at all.
However I do agree that the Sportfishing Program within the Massachusetts
Division of Marine fisheries deserves the support of resident saltwater
anglers. The reason or essence of why a license issue was raised by the
DMF was to provide money and obtain reasonable recreational fishing statistics.
These funds and statistics are necessary to support the Sportfisheries
Program and give a credible voice to all Massachusetts recreational saltwater
anglers. However a license and it's purported "benefits" hold no real incentives
for recreational saltwater anglers. It may actually cause significant harm
to the marine sportfishing community. Especially if Massachusetts adopts
a recreational salt water sportfishing license then so will Maine, New
Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York. This will cause a complete
fiasco, since these coastlines are in such close proximity to each other.
I feel that both funding and statistics
can be provided to the Sportfisheries Program by methods other that a saltwater
license and all it negative ramifications. One idea deserving consideration
(because I thought of it) could be something like a voluntary tag system
for all or certain select species of fish, but especially striped bass.
It could work something like this. At bait and tackle shops anglers may
purchase a certain number of tags, their name and address is recorded and
they pay a reasonable fee for an appropriate number of tags. Tags could
be used in one or more ways, say for taking a specific sized fish, a slot
limit fish, or an undersized fish that is foul or gut hooked. Perhaps even
that second keeper bass on a particularly lucky day. The angler must record
on the tag specific information, date, time and place caught, the species
and size of fish. The tag is then attached to the fish and the fish can
be legally brought home for the barbecue grill. Used tags are turned in,
voided and put into a state wide raffle. Along with the tags comes a survey
or fishing log; number of days fished, species caught, where caught, kept
or released or any other data desired by the DMF. Once your survey is turned
in, the DMF will send you a small gift and enter you into the end of season
raffle for a rod and reel, a free fishing trip or some other appropriate
prize. Tags systems can be tailored for tourists or tailored for use over
the entire season for resident anglers. If you do not wish to purchase
and use tags then all the regular fishing regulations and limits will still
apply, and you will NOT need a license to fish. If fish stocks warrant
you may purchase additional tags if you desire.
There are as many other good ideas
out there as there are good saltwater anglers, something like the one above
in your opinion may or may not be one of them. However, I believe, if a
better system or one of similar intent, as the one above, was implemented
in Massachusetts, then the DMF will have what it wants (funding and statistics),
the saltwater angler will have what he or she wants, (a chance at some
fish and a voice in the DMF decision making process.) A WIN, WIN situation!
Not a phony license scam full of empty promises and a forever empty ocean.
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