Questions We All Should Answer
The e-mail arrived in my inbox last week. Hi, my name is Chris. I have been following your blog. I am writing a personal profile for a Journalism Class and ……could I send you some questions, and…………..
Sure Chris. Send the questions. No promises. I might want to share some of your thoughts on my blog; would that be OK?
Saturday. The “question hand grenade” hit my inbox with a thud.
Wow. Decent questions.
This will take time. I’ll answer some of Chris’s questions, but not now.
For now, I ask every reader who claims to love fish and fishing to try and answer these questions.
Making real progress for wild fish, for the future of fishing, depends on our collective answers.
Here are the questions Chris so thoughtfully posed. Please wrestle with these.
* Describe your introduction to fishing.
* Who took you fishing?
* Was fishing something you immediately recognized as important to your life or did you come back to it later?
* How has fishing in Oregon changed over the years: tactics, marketing of the sport, hatchery influence, conservation, ODFW, fisherman’s attitudes?
* Is fishing in Oregon the same sport that hooked you in the beginning?
* What factors led to you making conservation and scientific study a part of your fishing?
* Do you think enough fisherman take into account the science behind our rivers?
* Is it possible to be pro hatchery and pro wild fish at the same time?
* Do the fish need the fishing community to be both pro-wild and pro-hatchery?
Now for the heavy stuff —
* What is good/bad about hatcheries where wild fish are concerned?
* Describe the science behind implementing a hatchery program on a stream?
* As an ODFW employee, what factors did you see influencing policy making besides science and the best interest of the fish and fisherman?
* What has led to the fishing community breaking into factions? Bait fisherman, fly fisherman, conservationists, etc.
* Can everyone get along and work together as an angling melting pot to save our fisheries?
* How can we work to find some middle ground?
* If you were deemed the god of hatchery management in Oregon, what changes would you make?
* What do you see as the biggest misconceptions by the everyday angler about hatcheries and their effect on wild fish?
* With our fisheries in such bad shape, is it acceptable for any fishermen to be taking from the stream without giving back through conservation?
* What do you see in the future for hatchery and wild fish?
Thank you Chris. We all have some homework to do.