"Many problems we face can be solved by restricting freedom or promoting it. One of the problems plaguing our fisheries is habitat degradation that negatively impacts spawning success for many species. Stricter regulations on what we can catch is not achieving desired results in most cases. One solution that promotes freedom is to use hatcheries for stocking a wide variety of native seafood that lives wild and free until harvested by independent fishermen. This is a wonderful alternative to closing fisheries and letting global corporations cage large concentrations of genetically sterilized species in our public waters. Industrial fish farms are another way of privatizing our public resources by making public waters off-limits to the public. Wise use of regional hatcheries that stock natural seafood promotes food security for everyone. We can help stocks thrive at historically high levels while allowing more harvest by recreational and commercial fishermen. This makes us less dependent on factory farms for food. Recent events show how food supplies can be disrupted. We need to keep options open for feeding ourselves."
An unfortunate part of human nature is the desire to control others even though most of us resent being controlled. People in positions of power seem to gravitate toward restricting freedom as their default position for addressing problems. The predominate fishery management philosophy is to pass more regulations. A shift in focus toward enhancing our fisheries and food supply by using proven management tools that improve habitat and spawning success would work much better than most regulations. This approach would promote freedom and food security for everyone. Making fishermen discard countless fish regardless of if they will live or die in the name of conservation is completely backwards. Hatcheries and habitat enhancements can make it so fishermen can keep more fish without overfishing. This solution could sustainably feed many more people than closing fisheries and letting corporations use our public waters to cage fish for private production. We are losing our freedom to access public waters and resources at an alarming rate. Now is the time to think about if we want to see our public resources managed in ways that promote freedom and prosperity for all or corporate control and profit for a privileged few. This philosophical difference between restricting freedom and promoting it is something we should consider when thinking about how to solve any problem. Would you rather see problems effecting you solved by promoting your freedom or restricting it?