Re: Most endangered bonefish destinations?

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Posted by Don Memmer on 2010-09-23 17:57:40 in reply to Most endangered bonefish destinations? posted by Bjorn on 2010-09-22 23:40:37

Good topic Bjorn. I think with global warming many islands are in jeopardy world wide. X-mas island is pretty critical with only a few feet above sea level. As far as impact on fisheries, Hawaii has been pretty bad. Gill netting has been banned and there are more restrictions, but enforcemnet is still a problem. With our catch and consume attitude most fihermen are eager to take all they can. It suprised me that people ate bonefish here, but I can understand their heritage that the ocean was their icebox. Education and an interest in saving the bonefish populations have helped here in Hawaii. I see more guys on the water, and most practice catch and release. Those same guys would never consider the same for pelagic species offshore. We are making progress here in Hawaii, and we would all like to see the bonefish protected as it is in many other parts of the world. I think the greatest asset is the fish itself. I ask guys if they have caught one on light tackle, I know they don't fly fish. When they do then they understand why we should protect the bonefish. Mems.

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