Actually, the topic of this thread is "hypocrisy". The anti-PLL proponents in typical fashion altered the focus in an attempt to keep their hands clean.
Originally Posted by Fishin Blue Water
Your theory in regard to tended and untended gear make sense until we include gear efficiency because numbers count when we are speaking about release mortality. Could it be that a dead drifting squid or mackeral produces an equal number of marlin as a $90 state of the art lure trolled in front of a ballyhoo? My point is only that there are many factors to include and that all hooks deployed are not created equal. I have already demonstrated why most marlin interactions with PLL result in live fish being released not unlike recreational fishing.
Too late for a slow reducing of the US domestic fleet, that happened over a decade ago and it was fast.
Fact is we all kill fish and anyone who continues to publish anti-commercial propaganda while doing so is a hypocrite. If the term includes me for pointing a finger so be it, I'm in good company.
To say that tended commercial gear results in less release mortality than untended commercial gear is a fact, not hypocracy. The argument is against PLLs not against commercial fishing.
We all do kill fish that we would prefer we didn't. We can debate about who kills more until we are blue in the face and we still are not going to get anywhere. We also all killed fish at a higher rate in the past than we do today. C&R combined with a reduction in the PLL fleet has led to a rebound in billfish populations. The point is that the question is whether your sector has embraced the least harmful method of catching the fish not which sector kills more. The rec sector has moved almost all of their efforts to the less harmful practice of C&R (vs. boating the fish). At the same time the com sector is trying to preserve the more destructive PLL (vs. tended gear).
I never made this about who kills more, that was bestowed on me when a few people implyed my sins are greater than theirs.
As mentioned before, releasing bycatch while in the act of fishing for harvest is unavoidable. Do we draw the line when 60 kingfish are released to catch a few sailfish? Suppose that is when it becomes a moral issue??