I’ve been fishing since 1980 and then
got my sons involved in it. I watched my dad for years, he amazes me at some of the stuff that he knows and can do, it’s like, “I wanna be like you.” In 1989 was
my first experience of groundfishing. The whole structure was different back
then, you could tell that the limits were
going to start going down on certain species. Was rockfish on the downhill? Ah, yes it was. It was. And has it came back? Heck yeah. The management program that we have now has been good, because we’re getting
somewhere, we are moving forward. The industry is moving forward. Our fish is recovering, were seeing it, we’re showing it, it’s a beautiful thing.
My hope for the future is that we can continue groundfishing and harvesting
the fish at a conservative level. You can’t have such a love and a
passion for something and just deplete it. We don’t want to see the ocean empty.
We respect our oceans and we want a future.