If I take out a guide I spend hundreds of dollars for 2 fish. Those same 2 fish only get about 1/3 the price if some guy catches them and sells them to the processor. Which one is a better use of the fish?
You would think that kind of common sense argument would hold weight, but the feds don't care about that because the commercial guys lobby harder and donate to campaigns.
I am not advocating shutting down the commercial harvest, but cutting the sport harvest for the benefit of the commercial guys seems to me like shooting yourself in the foot.