PORT ARTHUR — In fishing I believe we will see much more emphasis on habitat conservation instead of individual species enhancement. That will always exist but by keeping habitat healthy it will give all species a better chance to thrive and could perhaps lessen the need for some types of stocking for example.
The Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) already seems to be moving much of their effort this direction with a big push toward oyster restoration as well as working on programs to enhance seagrass acreage and partnering with Ducks Unlimited for erosion control in key estuaries.
On the freshwater side of things I am seeing an interesting push toward promoting healthy reservoirs, controlling non-indigenous aquatics like salvinia and planting native grasses.
Times are indeed changing for those of us who love wildlife and fisheries but they don’t necessarily have to be for the worse if we think big and push hard on behalf of these great resources.
(To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org . You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” 6-7 p.m. Fridays on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI and watch his WebTV Series at www.godsoutdoors.com.)