Comments from freshwater fishermen who, when asked, “In which of the following areas do you do MOST of your fishing activity?” answered,
Federal Offshore Waters
All of the above options are good solutions for saving the future of these industries. However, to answer question 33 [obtaining training to help gain funds for improvements to fishing businesses] sounds great, but improvements will not work as long as our estuary is ruined by freshwater projects such as it did to the oyster bedding grounds and other fishers on the east side of the river. We should learn from our mistakes and not repeat them.
I am gonna say pollution is the biggest enemy of our environment.
I fish red snapper commercially in federal waters, so I don’t think this survey pertains to me much. As far as any finfish fishery in state waters, the CCA has shut most of that down, not coastal changes. The state does give us a commercial speckled trout fishery, but it has so many rules like "can’t fish at night" that it’s not worth purchasing the license. There is a quota with the fishery, so who cares how or when you catch them? Shut it down when the quota is met.
Haven't fished here long enough to tell you, truthfully.
We need higher and better prices in the future for us to stay in business.
I only fish federal waters so I have no information on coastal conditions.
Note made under question #27: "Open red snapper season to those who want to commercial fish them. NOT just the HANDFUL who have it sewed up. This is not right.