Does Bush’s executive order to protect striped bass and red drum actually help the fish?

On October 20th, President Bush signed an executive order to ban commercial harvest of striped bass and red drum in federal waters. The fish can now only be harvested recreationally.

While recreational fishermen, who are responsible for the vast majority of striped bass and red drum landings, are praising the order, others note that if protection of the species is the actual purpose of the order it should limit recreational fishing as well.

Read more in the following articles:

President George W. Bush signs an Executive Order to protect striped bass and red drum by Mark England, Lonestar Outdoor News

Bush signs order to restrict commercial sale of striped bass by Richard Degener, The Press of Atlantic City

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