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Something to think about (or not) from the November 2003 BASS TIMES article interview with Jim Martin, new conservation director of Pure Fishing:

"BASS TIMES: What do you view as the biggest challenge in uniting and/or balancing state fisheries management objectives with the needs of recreational anglers?

Martin: Overzealous regulations indoctrinated by young fisheries biologists working up the ranks of their respective agencies are becoming an alarming trend. These budding professionals mean well but don't realize they are also restricting our opportunities to fish and hunt. The net result is loss of license sales and ultimately their mechanism for funding conservation. Some of these young biologists are oblivious to the fact that anglers are their eyes and ears in the field and are willing partners with them to improve habitat and preserve fish populations if given the chance."

Does this ring any bells? Fit any familiar situations?

Martin goes on to finish his answer:

"BASS members need to develop friendships with with these young professionals, many of whom were never exposed to fishing as youths. Only by partnering effectively with them will they be able to understand the social, economic and conservation benefits of recreational fishing."

If you are fortunate enough to get BASS TIMES, read the entire article - lots of great stuff in one article. This guy has been there. His replies prove that.

Mr. Martin is the former fisheries chief of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
 

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He should apply for KL Kool's job when he leaves after this year!!!..LOL!!!!
 

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Maybe we should take up a collection? I just think it' REAL interesting to hear some of the things this person said, ESPECIALLY considering he's from a part of the country that generally considers bass a nuisance exotic.
 
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