Merwin: Overcrowding or a Hopeful Future?

By long tradition, teaching and encouraging people to fish is a good thing. Younger family members learn the joys of rod and reel from their elders. And groups like the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) spend millions of dollars every year to promote and teach fishing.

Industry-funded groups like RBFF, though, have a commercial interest in all this, which is simply the growth and promotion of future tackle customers. Beyond that is another question that seems like real heresy: Do we really need more fishermen?

Popular rivers and lakes are already crowded. Should we be making them even more so by encouraging more people to use them?