How can we make US fisheries work? What does success look like? Do we care most about fish, fishermen, or industry infrastructure?
These questions and more are up for debate at a meeting in Boston this week, where I'll be your representative if you have good ideas. We're set to debate "Best Practices in US Fisheries" thanks to the Lenfest Ocean Program. So let's hear it, what makes some fisheries work and some fail? And how do you define success?
One thing on my mind is overcapacity. When fishing fleets have too much catching power, when they can easily outfish the productivity of fish, then the sh*t hits the fan.
Our typical fishery management lets too many people go after the fish. It's like having a party for a high school football team and serving one pizza and one beer. Don't do much good to set rules like only using tiny forks or no more than 1 sip each. You'd get mayhem--sort of like some US fisheries.
So what shall we do? Any thoughts I should carry to the august group of scientists, managers, and "others" (that's me)?