By Bob Marshall
Question: How can things be "better than ever" but still flirting with disaster?
Answer: If they are marine fisheries resources whose management is entrusted to Congress by the American people.
Reason: Lack of funding to do a thorough job.
That was the takeaway from the two-day Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership's Saltwater Media Summit in Sarasota, Florida last week, which drew leaders from the recreational fishing industry, sportsmen's conservation groups, and senior managers from NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service.
There was plenty of good news for those willing to hear it:
* Overfishing is less of a problem today than in the past, and the dire predictions of world fisheries collapsing made just a few years ago have been rescinded.