Location: Orange County
|Most people don't see the value of conserving these fish. They'd rather have their tackle, so they'll do what is necessary to save their tackle, as opposed to saving the fish.
I personally don't think they'll ever open BSB to fishing again, because they grow too slow to sustain any kind of pressure. Yet, I still think there are important benefits to making sure there's a healthy population of BSB left, especially with respect to opening more of the ocean back up to fishing, since one of the main arguments for closed areas is to protect species like these.
But until better education happens about the benefits of saving them, I doubt it'll change.