Great Idea, it would help the Rec Guys understand more about how everything works, maybe it will change their minds on things like gillnets and such...
I am actually very interested in gill netting and how to do it PROPERLY. Maybe one day :-)
Some people think that its atrocious and should be outlawed. I once thought that too until I listened to a native american indian explaining to people why he did it.
He stated that in his state it it was only allowed for three days out of the year and he was able to make enough catch to provide food for 70 of his family members for the year if I remember correctly.
I think when people see it they think its raping the resource and that "discards" are a waste. How I understand it though is discards can be decreased with proper usage of the gill net. I don't know I never used one or even rigged one so I am speculating.
How I see it is that the resource is actually being used and consumed.
I won't even try to fish for anything unless I am going to use it for bait or eat it. I don't even think I believe in catch and release anymore, rather "Catch and Eat". I enjoy the sport but I really enjoyed Crab cakes and soup through the winter and the smiles on family members sipping crab soup on Christmas day (enough for 40 members). I have hunted a few times but never really respected it as I do know.
Now I don't want to start any trouble. After being on this board for the past year and a half and doing research (not just google searching either) I would say that lots of organizations are trying to squeeze the commercial waterman. I would also say that most of the population(me included) is not EDUCATED about commercial fishing and what it provides for localities and our country. If people were EDUCATED of what they were buying and eating in these supermarkets I believe they would think twice.
My family (including extended) in recent years have been really into buying from local farmers and waterman.
KNOW THE SOURCE or try to understand it as best as you can.
A little long winded but MHO.