Fish buyers need to be more discriminate when buying fish. If the fish is beat up, not well cared for, too large, too small etc. They should not accept it. It will not happens as there plenty of money built in to each fish that passes over the wharf. Its really just a numbers game for them. Fish of good quality are easier for them to sell but do not ensure a better price. Its all supply and demand.
There are several things that can be done to extend the season if thats what the masses want to do. 1.) No more night fishing. 1 hour before sunrise and 1 hour after sunset unless hooked up. 2.) Charter or commercial, pick one but not both. 3.) time area closures. Chatham and to the east of it have in recent years been slaughter houses with very very easy fishing. That fishery off chatham is generally responsible for the “crush” and demise of decent prices. 4.) marine safety inspection permit number a required input in order to get a fisheries permit.
I do not like the idea of limiting anyones ability to get a permit to fish for Bluefin I think it sucks. If it were something that we started today it wouldn’t make a bit of difference. Lots of permits already out there. Enact #1 and #2 and it would cull the herd enough so that you could have multiple catch again and allow the fishery a chance to actually be commercially viable. Or if they wanted to have 3 days off for example than allow a fisherman to either choose which 4 days he was going to fish or allow him to catch all four fish in one day and then tie the boat up for the rest of the week. Theres no difference between a four day fishing week and allowing someone to catch all 4 fish in one day is there??? The difference is that it makes more buisness sense by limiting expenses by catching what you need in one trip or on whichever day you can go.
Regardless this is no longer my battle, I surrendered and switched categories which blows because I really didnt want to do that. However sitting at the dock on a stellar high pressure blue sky windless day because its an RFD is absolute insanity. Good luck to all!!
For the record 2/3 of the permits being used are charter Headboat permits. You put number 2 in place and one of two things will happen. First people will find a way to cheat the system, not too tough. Or 2 you will have a lot more commercial quota and extend your season.
I am going to put my helmet and bullet proof vest on now, prolly gonna need it. We all know that this is true just do me a favor and think about it before you pull the trigger.