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Updated: 04/17/2014 08:00:01AM

NOAA regulators finally realize recreational fishing matters too

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Here’s a question for you: Which is more valuable, recreational or commercial fishing? You might automatically say commercial fishing. If you do, you can be forgiven for being wrong. For years, the federal government appears to have held that same opinion. But the plain fact is that recreational fishing contributes far more dollars to our nation’s economy than do all of our commercial fisheries together, and it supports more jobs to boot.

Commercial fishermen work hard for their living. The hours are long, the conditions are often harsh and dangerous, and — despite the price of seafood — the pay is not always guaranteed to even cover expenses. We all ought to respect their proud tradition, and any commercial fisherman who respects the fish and the law is a pretty good egg in my book.

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