commercial refishing equated to Sandusky boys' camp
Sure. I don't seem to catch any more redfish recreationally now in Venice than I did in the late 80's and 90's. Gill nets and redfish have been banned for over 16+ years. And the Venice area probably has the largest or close to the largest redfish population in the country. Venice is where my family's seafood dock was. Most of the overfishing was with bull reds caught offshore in seine nets.
I do agree it needed to be heavily regulated but not an outright ban. It should have been a limited gill net season with quoatas similar to what they do in Alaska. At the very least it should have been a rod n reel quoata.
A regulated commercial industry is no different than a regulated recreational industy. All that matters is total pounds harvested.
I doubt CCA would ever let it happen
That's because the CCA is a much larger lobbying group than anything the commercials ever had and had a lot more political pull and money also. This is exactly what I said earlier in this thread. The truth is in what happened. The CCA got their way. Louisiana politics at its finest.