Thursday, February 05, 2009

Bluefish, Yes; Striped Bass, No

Captain Morgan, who sells fishing equipment to recreational anglers, argued in his newspaper column/ad-for-his-business back in October that recreational anglers should catch and eat more bluefish without mentioning the health advisory on bluefish.

Now he's arguing in his newspaper column/ad-for-his-business that commercial fishing for striped bass should not be allowed in Connecticut because of the health advisory on striped bass.

Sounds like if it's good for his business, he's for it.

But if it's potentially bad for his business (and recreational anglers have opposed commercial striped bass fishing for decades because they think it would leave fewer stripers for them to catch) he's against it.



Blogger Sam said...

Welcome to Fish Politics 101. Folks will say the dardest things. To tell the truth, both the blue and the striper are rough fish that taste like pooh unless you bake them just right - and can stand the incredible stink in your kitchen! Suffice it's not about species survival or catching or eating, but some opinionated bloviators.

Most sane people catch and release them anyway these days. It's not like there are incredibly vast schools of noble fish like Atlantic salmon, flounder, fluke, halibut, or cod anymore.

Maybe as global warming happens you'll get more summertime tropical fish offshore, right?

11:48 PM  

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