Trust me, I get the concern over “privatization” of a public-trust resource. As a member of the New England Fishery Management Council, I spent a lot of time thinking about the wisdom of supporting a catch-shares quota system for the groundfish complex in the Northeast. While at first the concept was generally supported, primarily because the old management system that allocated fishing days was a proven failure, the implementation became the problematic detail. After implementation, a majority probably did not support the concept of catch shares, but the anger against quotas was and is misdirected. What fishermen did not like was the allocation they received. However, they blamed quota shares for the problem. Due to a lack of proper planning when implementing catch caps and other controls, the industry decline was fueled by a declining resource.