I guarantee you — The very top tiers of management have no idea of reef building's potential contribution.
"Say there, Important NOAA Person, What do you think of doubling the reef habitat footprint as a population driver ?" Instant Conclusion & End Of Conversation: "Reef building can't be a restoration tool because its BAD."
The "Production vs Attraction" debate needs to happen at the very top of the ladder.
Ocean's turning green & folks at the top are tepid in their action because 'reef is bad.'
At present we're experiencing a regulatory peace for reef fish in the Mid-Atlantic. Sea bass could have been closed the rest of this year & all of next without the Recreational Accountability Measures Amendment. We'll continue to suffer recent unneeded & detrimental regulation, but participants don't currently have a regulatory ax suspended over their Mid-Atlantic reef fisheries.
Council & Commission Committees always & forever tasked with arresting overfishing, perhaps instead of greater & greater catch restriction bringing benefit to neither fish nor fisher, now they'll pause to consider how better to drive our reef fish populations upward, how to use habitat & population biology to bring greatest managerial benefit..
This I do know – Even in the darkest days of pre-regulatory & very real overfishing, no one ever wasted reef-fish like today's regulation squanders this resource's potential.
Give sea bass lots of reef & force 'em to spawn young — POW!
Ignore reef's potential & force sea bass to spawn years later – dud..
We'll come to it.
For now its back to Sand/Fill/Sand/Fill/Sand/Prime/Sand/Fill/Sand/Prime/Sand/Paint/Sand/Paint. . .
Ocean City, MD