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This is an important step, but a small step forward, in protecting seafloor habitat and preventing by-catch in a few areas of concern. But the overall tragedy of modern fisheries resources in North America and off-shore is mind-boggling. Pollution laden waters like the southern Salish Sea, rampant wetland destruction and urban sprawl, poisonous storm water runoff, too many hydro dams and many without fish passage, booming seal and sea lion populations, net pen production of disease ridden Atlantic salmon in public waters and the absolute game changers of northern Pacific warming and less mountain snow in the future.

How is it possible that we have screwed up fisheries so badly? Unchecked corporate interests. Monetization of public resources with flimsy oversight and tepid management by agencies. And especially "sliding baseline syndrome" for all of us who love fishing and eating wild fish.

Gawd help us!