The caption under the photo (copied from Wickopedia) said this haul was 400 tons
frist off the frist pic is of hearin which are very plentyful , and the second pic is of a head boat unloading so not really a fair compairison there .
second for hundreds of years commerical guys have had to report there catches while rec fishermen did not
the stats gathered for rec's is what have been gathered from boat ramps and at some piers by a limited group so thats not really fair either . if rec's had to report there catches just like the commerical guys there would be a lot meore crying from the recs becouse there catches would be reduced to almost nothing .
plain and simple
people have complained about commerical guys and cryied wolf for too long and now that they have just about regulated them to death and it wasnt changeing the fish stocks , there learning that they have to put stricter regs on rec fisherys to help improve the stocks , yes i have done commerical fishing shrimping , long line , snaper fishing , ect
but like when i was shrimping the capt was haveing to buy new nets / or devices to put on them to stay with in the regs .
people complaind they we were killing to many baby fish so we had to put what are called brd's (bycatch reduction device) or fish excluder , then it was the sea turtles , yes there were a few caught but they were cut out of the net and put back in the water unharmed but yet we had to put ted's in ( turtle excluer device ) .
now if you watch many fishing shows and when the camera pans around you will normaly see a shrimp boat there , they follow the boats and fish behind them . hell we had a few that even came up to us fo chum
bottom line people that are crying and moaning about commerical fishng is just hurting them self in the long run