Over Hill Sailing Club
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Adirondacks NY
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Hey Brad, that was many years ago, back in the mid 80s. I've heard the clamming business has pretty much collapsed on LI since then. The point I was trying to make was that law enforcement is capable of catching poachers. Whether they have their hands tied by the court system, lack of adequate numbers, or politics are the questions to be asked. They sure seem to have plenty of money for "environmental police" to roam around in expensive, heavily armed boats harassing folks. It would seem that setting up surveillance in known illegal gillnet areas wouldn't be too difficult. It's pretty hard to hide the fact that you're setting that much gear without somebody noticing. The Chesapeake is the main hatchery for bass (along with the Hudson).
Then again, with a good year-class, there will be an explosion of fish like there was a few years ago. There were so many bass in harbors on the East Coast they would keep you awake at night bumping into the boat. No kidding.
Scientists/environmentalists like to think they know about fish populations, gleaned from their taxpayer financed data, but they are often completely wrong and in fact have proven they know very little about cycles of fish populations. The real problem in saving fish populations is limiting the size of offshore gear internationally but that seems to be politically impossible. Lots of hard working small fisherman in the US are being put out of work by ocean vacuuming factory ships. Swordfish and tuna are fast disappearing.