"Its time for PFBC to get pushed, by legislators"
We need to be careful there. I see the point that the commissioners need some buttkicking now and then. My problem is, legislators are beholden to some folks that dont necessarily have the fisher-folks' best interest in mind. They are beholden to money and the Quixotic desire to be re-elected. We have a hard enough time convincing comishes to do the right thing. Imagine convincinng 203 state legislators and 50 state senators.
Oh yea they have been in favor of it to date every legislature has their own “heres your fish, we are dumping them in your district. Don’t forget to vote for me” type video on YT. But its the combination of the financial waste, license increases because PA fish and boat rather face financial insolvency than take PSU bussiness analysis’s recommendations to cut hatcheries and fish, deception of the public, using 20 some million in growing greener for hatchery’s that was supposed to go to conservation, and being a derelict resource manager thats hard to stand behind and support. If the general public gets a sense of just how bad things have gotten and people start calling their elected officials, a small number of people could make up a large proportion of the outreach to those senate and congress office.
I don’t think what I am saying has a chance if you put it up against all of stocking. BUT if PA fish and boat is going broke and raiding conservation grants to stay alive I think we could get a special management zone/watershed and some direct stocking cut. Maybe some brook trout specific c and r regs. I mean PSU said in 2017 cut fish and a hatchery or two or go broke. If it wasn’t for that 27.5 million of growing greener in 2020 PFBC used for repairs tbey prob would have had their hatcheries shut down by DEP for bot meeting effluent standards after what ever grace period they had expired.
I don’t think people realize how bad the financial situation is at PA fish and boat currently. Their in trouble, I am not trying to move mountains here these fools are either going to go broke or find a way to more efficiently leach off the tax payer. Ya can’t hike licenses for ever people drop out.