Location: Bay Area
|In the beginning I felt a little bit ambiguous about the so called "fake" sea_forager reports (although this does not seem to be a registered trade mark, so everybody can use it, and I'm only using fake here to distinguish between both, because I do not like the slightly negative tone of fake). I, as many others, thought that some "secret" spots might have been revealed, with hordes of people from the five continents salvaging every possible fish from there . But, after some time, I have changed my mind, mainly because of:
1) I have not seen any significant increase in the number of fishermen on some of the spots reported.
2) I agree with sea_forager argument that "lazy" fishermen will not go to the effort of driving a lot, jumping within rocks with gear with a severe risk of falling (I have fell so many times, even being super careful) and fighting with kelp and strange ocean bottoms to catch one undersized cab that has to be returned. And, if they go, then they are not that lazy, and probably deserve it.
3) Reporting one spot might increase the fishing pressure, but reporting dozens of them, as sea_forager does, will not. There is so much variety of spots being reported that potential fishermen do not need to go to only one.
4) Being practical: Yes, we can set rules that such reporting is prohibited. This will change nothing, because such reports can be posted anywhere else, including blogs, etc. So, accepting that people are different and they have different feelings towards information, I rather prefer the reports being posted here.
5) There seems to be some inconsistency between the Department of Fish and Game, and even Ken Jones, trying to promote and increase the number of fishermen, especially young ones, and the complains that these reports might increase fishermen out there. Are we in favor or against it?
Just my humble opinion.
In mari magno pisces capiuntur