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Industrial harvest of wildlife resources is a concept so foreign to Americans that a large percentage of the public would probably assume the practice no longer goes on anywhere in this country.
Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.
Not unlike a professional baseball season, the federal fisheries management process is long and, at times, arduous. In baseball, a single game can be seemingly insignificant until the playoffs, where it can all go wrong in a few short innings. In managing fish, the grinding management process can drag for years, yet turn on a dime when it comes to completion and implementation. In both cases, the victory comes from tenacity, understanding the process, and staying focused till the end.
By embracing a saltwater fishing license, recreational anglers become a force to be reckoned with in fisheries management.
It has been proven time and again that our marine resources are not infinite. Efficient, modern technology is capable of simply overwhelming our oceans. Diesel-powered boats equipped with an array of electronic equipment, guided by spotter planes, utilizing monofilament gill nets, huge bottom trawls and miles of longlines have proven more than a match for many species of fish.