I miss you, my dear friend. I finally got your pictures. It was good to talk to you this past weekend. You are right, we are in for a rough ride, no matter what side of the fence we come from. Sometimes I wish we had a Mann like you directing traffic! :) Be sweet and keep the faith, Love ya! ((Hugs 2u)) Pattybear
Funny how things work out. Just happened to be having a very bad day and all of a sudden the sweetest man saying I haven;t heard form you in awhile, and gave me a big hug. angels are always out there, sometimes we aren't looking.
since 1974 the commercial started down hill. people that had little to do with the bussiness where in places in the politics of the marine fisheries that by going to college and school for to accsess a job with the marine fisheries that they thought they were being taught everthing they needed to know. but by pressures from outside sources . a lot of laws were being put into place that done very little to help the commercial fishing . though it will always be said that the marine fisheries knows whats best. if thats true then why dont they put commercial fishermen from the areas they work on there boards and have commercial fishermen to help make the laws instead of people that has never been commercialfishermen. there is a lot the public dont know.our fishing rights have been taken away chunks at a time.our fishing grounds have been taken away. once commercialfishermen could could flounder fish almost any where on the northcarolina coast. but that was taken away along with other laws made by limited catches.once afisherman could catch red drum 16 inches.no more. even there was no limit. now you can only catch one. and it has to be at least 18 inches to 24. one fish. how do you make a living catching one fish. the price of fuel is tripled .will the goverment step in and realize this.will they ever understand that the econmy cannot afford the crazy prices to keep things going.shrimp prices have been cut in half or more fuel is higher than the price of shrimp .a boat cant work under these kind of conditions. so who will come to the rescue politions marinefisheries. time will tell.unless prices of fuel go down and things are put back to more of the ways they use to be then im afraid /that i to will be casted out along with others and there will be no more commercialfishermen.who will step up to the plate and do whats right for the dying breeds of commercialfishermen.who will save the industry. thank you for letting me share this with others. m. mann