We have seen a lot of talk lately about Recreational Catch Shares (coming to a Walmart near you).
But let's look at the logistics of a situation like this.
Now over in the commercial sector they had a vote, and since it did not come out the way they wanted, they then voted again, but this time weighted the vote based on historical take and surprise..surprise...surprise...the vote went through.
So in the recreational sector, how will we do it...
Surely they would not be stupid enough to put it to a vote as here in the GOM it would be a hand downs defeat; so it is almost a given it will be an edict from NMFS.
So now how will they decide who gets how many shares....we have no historical landings to go by...so I guess then it will be up to the highest bidder...or will you go down to Walmart and purchase your shares.
Will there be limits on how much someone can buy....will the limits be by boat or angler?
Will non-fishing people be able to buy shares to remove them from the fishery?
How will it all be enforced?
To me it seems to be a huge boondoggle.....