Well said pro reel.
Fidrat, excellent point my friend. If you look at the state budget here in Va and Md, alot of the money that comes into the state is from fishing licenses and from commercial licenses and such goes straight to our state parks and outside recreational areas.
Without those funds the state would not be able to employ all the game wardens, park rangers, etc that they do today. Without them who is to enforce our fisheries? How will they keep up conservation efforts?
They have to draw the line somewhere. When it gets to freshwater there will be mass chaos and protests EVERYWHERE, especially in fishing towns.
Also, I can just see the protests along the eastern shore (MD) and the Chesapeake Bay now when they are told that croaker, striper, and flounder are restricted to some extent. Those communities live and die off the catches that they make at sea.