Conservation…..It’s About Time and About Compromise
Since starting the Coastal Carolina Fisherman website in January of 2014, we’ve talked about but have provided little content about conservation in regards to fishing. We’ve made every effort to maintain a somewhat neutral position publicly on this volatile topic. This strategy was largely due to not offending our online magazine readers who are alienated with certain groups on either side of the topic. While these concerns remain true to this day, I’ve decided to make and pursue a stance on the protection and recovery of our fishing resources. You’ll notice that this stance, while specific, does not place blame. It’s too late for that. Blame rarely ever solves a problem like the significant decline in our precious fishing resources. Instead we need to focus on realistic solutions that can serve the needs of all groups and individuals involved. This likely requires compromising on all sides. I firmly believe that a solution is there. We just have to find it. There’s too much at stake to continue the stand off that has taken place over the years. Important things, like the fishing future of the coming generations and the financial impact caused by losing this precious resource.
Both sides of this issue must cease to be headstrong and start to look for ways to address the negative impact on our fishery in a long term manner. This means recognizing the need for change and then together seek a solution that benefits the greater good. This comes with compromise and not attacks. It comes with creative thinking on ne
w solutions and not taking a stand with no flexibility. It also comes with the willingness to accept that both sides of this issue have valid concerns. There is a solution and we just have to work together to find it. It may have an initial cost or require the inconvenience of a change in the way we have done things in the past. However, the long term results can be phenomenal. Each one of us must turn our passion for fishing into a passion for saving our fishing resource. No individual group needs to make all the sacrifices, but all groups
need to concede some. When doing this we have to consider many angles such as commercial fishing jobs and the lives of those this supports and live off that industry. We also need to think about tourism and how fishing impacts this important part of North Carolina’s revenue base. Most of all, we have to consider the health and existence of our precious fishing resource and what it means to our lives.
The answer is there, let’s stop fighting and start looking for solutions. Our fishing future depends on it.
Captain Tim Wilson, Editor and Chief