You're right Challenge, you've just said what I said in my last post. To a commercial fisherman it's just another shoal of fish gone and another pay day. To the angler it's another fishing mark ruined by nets and a further decline in the quality of sport available to them. That's why there will never be any kind of alliance between commercial and recreational fishermen. The two's views are at complete odds with each other.
you are wrong on several accounts.
Yes it is a pay day, a pay day for the whole village, as the fish were caught in a beach ring or purse net kept ready for such an event, as I said they have done it many times before over the years, the net is kept ready, when conditions are right a look out is posted on the cliff top watching for the shoals coming into the bay, once spotted the whole village turns out to work the net, the catch is then shared out.
There is no fishing mark being ruined by nets, I very much doubt that the local (small minority) mullet anglers will notice any difference in their sport at all. I doubt they were even aware that the mullet were there.
With the weather as it has been I suspect several shoals have passed through with out being spotted, as I said that catch is a tiny fraction of the over all stock, as it is a bit bigger than average catch could it mean the stock is healthier than it was perhaps? Anglers would never think like that.
So you are right about anglers and commercial fisher men and an alliance.
I fish to live and live to fish.