Well, if there is going to be a any changes made it gonna have to come from those who have the biggest investment and appreciation of the resource.
Maybe FFIM & its membership could step up and volunteer to undergo a self imposed moratorium and not fish any wild brook trout stream in York and Cumberland counties for the next 3 years, and do strictly C&R on all remaining wild brook trout waters in the State. Call it the "Protect Maine Wild Brook Trout Oath" Market the idea, get some media attention and then hopefully shame the powers that be to take action.
I'm already gonna do this, but if FFIM makes it official, I'd be the first to sign.
Any takers? Any interest? FFIM board.....?
As a board member , Sure, I won't fish any York or Cumberland county stream. Never have before, so if it helps the resource I'm in for a few more years.
As far as changes, I think FFIM is a great place to generate discussion in a positive manner, act as a conduit for organizations better suited to handle policy advocacy, and serve to get the message out for organizations, shops, and fishing community members who are giving back to the resource in whatever capacity they can. Many people work very hard behind the scenes, others publicly. All, I believe, in earnest toward the same ends.
FFIM has several grassroots projects in the works that are always welcoming volunteers, feel free to contact me or any other board member if you are inclined to help in whatever way you wish. My email is email@example.com
, I look forward to hearing from you.