Now, I don't want to poo-poo the appearance that we may have some semblance of opportunity, but I would be interested to see/hear an account of how they arrived at the "final" co-manager forecasts. This is not (supposed to be) a game of give and take at the whims of the managers, so what happens in a meeting like that? One more reason the State and Tribal meetings need transparency that doesn't get mentioned as often as our abundance or lack of opportunity is the welfare of the fish. The fish and I want to know: how did this go down?
Was it the QIN guy realizing he forgot to carry a zero somewhere? Biological negotiation? Completely unfounded, and both sides just wanted to keep license sales/fish production going strong? Were horses traded?