RE:striper limit to be 28
I can't speak to this years round of DMF meetings since I wasn't able
to attend...but i've been to the Gloucester ones for the past several
There are a number of aspects of these so-called "hearings" that are
readily apparent. First, that if the DMF were to pay heed to the data
which their OWN scientists are generating, they would raise the size limit
to 34" or higher.
Second, that no hard stats exist regarding the actual impact which rec
fishing has on the fishery.
Third, that there seems to be concern on the DMF that since states to our
south/west have lower limits, we need to somehow come closer to them - my
sense is the argument is based on the absurd notion along the lines of "...well,
since Mass already does "more" than other coastal states on this issue, why should
we "take the hit" even further...." -- ODD thinking if one takes that the view
that the fishery should be of paramount concern.
Fourthly, (and I've brought this one up for years on other boards) just because
the DMF is mandated to hold public hearings, there is NOTHING to suggest that they
make up their minds subsequent to the hearings -- rather, I would argue that the DMF
merely goes through the mandated formality of holding the hearings, but that public sentiment to whatever degree it is expressed, never plays a role in the decision-making
If they were truly interested in feedback and input, they would do a FAR better job
of publicizing the hearings in the first place.