Friday, August 6, 2010

Striped Bass

In our previous class assignment we sectioned into groups and were assigned to look up the stripe bass fishing laws within our designated state. I was responsible for looking up commercial fishing laws in New York.
“The New York State 2010 commercial quota allocation for sea bass is 123,103 pounds. “ ( New York State Environmental Conservation). From January to April the fishing season is closed and in the remaining months there is a designated quota.
Currently, in Federal waters there is a ban on fishing striped bass. From a commercial standpoint and thus an economic one, New York commercial fisheries would be in favor of keeping the ban. This is because the quota for New York fisheries wouldn't increase, as the main areas for striped bass are located in state waters.
My own viewpoint, is that the ban should be lifted. "Some of the potential policy implications of this interim framework have the potential to be a real threat to recreational anglers who not only contribute billions of dollars to the economy and millions of dollars in tax revenues to support fisheries conservation, but who are also the backbone of the American fish and wildlife conservation ethic," said CSF President Jeff Crane. I think that not only does lifting the ban make sense from an economic standpoint, but also is an issue of rights of the nations people. In saying this, I do recognize the dilemma of the Tragedy of the Commons; people are always out for their own self –interest no matter the eventual larger consequences. I am not going to lie, I have never actually been fishing and don’t hold a deep personal connection with the striped bass. Solely based on the principle of freedom; I think it is up to the people to be self-aware and conscience and ultimately take responsibility if there are negative consequences.

- Hilary K.

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