The way the hearings are structured/scheduled to separate the fresh vs salt and the rec vs comm fisheries into multiple distinct hearings makes it extremely difficult to have a persuasive argument in just one hearing alone.
Because the fisheries are inextricably linked in the harvest model to achieve the conservation objectives. Since it's a fully allocated zero-sum game, to give anything to one sector at this point means taking something away from the other. Changes simply can't be made in isolation.
"Oh wait.... that's a DIFFERENT hearing. Sorry, can't help you."
OK... maybe I'm just getting old and jaded.
"Let every angler who loves to fish think what it would mean to him to find the fish were gone." (Zane Grey)
"If you don't kill them, they will spawn." (Carcassman)