Fishermen up here are wingeing on about there being no fish for the derbies this year.
Humans have a tendency to magical thinking: they think wild animals just poof into place for them to eat or play with. They don't seem to recognize a species has to breed and grow and not be stressed. Like the cod industry. Thinking of it as an "industry" was the mind-set that wrecked it in the first place. Giving people prizes for what they catch is just paying somebody to go out and play catch-and-release.
Catch-and-release: that's just tormenting animals for the fun of it. Hell of a thing to teach children; maybe it's what's at the bottom of the kids who grow up to torment prisoners, touching their wee-wees and sicking dogs on them. Once somebody is classified as an animal we can catch, then we get to torment them. If we can do it to a fish, we can do it to a human.
We should catch and keep the first two of whatever we get on the line. It's all good. These people claim to be in touch with the wild, and they don't even know how to prepare a bullhead or a dogfish for the pan. Meat is meat is meat — you just have to know how to treat each kind of meat. There are people who will poach salmon (shudder). Hell, there are people who fry fresh horse-meat.
There's been a breeding-ground proposal: no fish within the breeding ground, so when fish get big and need to extend their range, they can wander out they can tend to be larger.
Don't bother them in their homes. We should be happy that kicking in a fish's home door doesn't add to an insurgency, like it does when we do it to each other. Then again, learning to harrass and torment wild animals wherever they live may ultimately be building an insurgency — just not out of the fish.
Sooner or later, we reap what we sow.
Caveat: I love to fish. But I catch what I can, and eat what I catch, and then I go home. I kill quick, and I explain to kids that poking a fish in the eye is disrespecting their food. I've actually heard a father, when throwing away most of a badly-filleted salmon carcass — with plenty of meat and the head still on it — "That's just crab bait." Well, maybe it is, but these animals died so we could live. A whole religious group stole that line, for an imaginary god — and then ignore and despise the animals who really do die for their life.
If you catch it, thank it. Kill it quick. Care for the meat. Clean it properly, leaving little waste. Cook it properly. Teach your children to respect it. Be a decent omnivore. In the long run, you'll have more to eat.
You reap what you sow.