Comments on: Americans go fishing: but is it good for the environment? Global environmental challenges Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:14:55 +0000 hourly 1 By: Buffalo1022 Sun, 22 Mar 2009 17:04:48 +0000 Good GOD! Going green is so over played. If we have any care for the planet then let’s get China and the Middle East to start acting properly. I am sick and tired of Americans being labled the sinners of the world. Take your carbon foot print and plant it where the sun don’t shine. Recreational fishing is fishing, where not taking boats out and having a negative imapct on the environment. Don’t you loons realize just how big this planet is?

By: Tom Sun, 22 Mar 2009 13:01:58 +0000 As much as I fish and consider myself an environmentalist, not every fisherman acts like it. If you go by any popular fishing spot, you’re sure to find old beer can, worm containers, discarded fishing line, old bobbers, etc. While I try to take all I came in with, this isn’t always possible. Bobbers get left behind because my line sometimes gets tangled up in submerged vegetation and breaks when I try to free it. Lures get broken off for the same reason or, when a whopper of a fish breaks off my line.
I’ve been trying to minimize my impact but, none the less, seems like this happens at least once every trip. Fish hang out in weed lines and by rock piles and that’s where we all fish.
I’ve seen other fishermen with buckets full of undersized fish. This isn’t a regular occurrence but, it happens.
So, while our licensing fees help our waterways, our habits often do not.
Then, there’s the pick up truck and boat motor factors. Boat motors have been leaving little oil slicks behind boats ever since they were invented and, how many Priuses does it take to pull a boat and trailer.

By: E.S.Thompson Sun, 22 Mar 2009 12:34:30 +0000 All forms of recreation involve getting there, so the “footprints” would be roughly equal. That’s if “footprints” are relevent at all.

Actually, it is unlikely that humans have the impact they vainly wish they had. If global cooling were the threat, would Al Gore advocate that we all fire up a pile of coal in the back yard?