One of the big assumptions was that since there were no observations of recreational fishing in the marsh areas not exhibiting die-off, it was thought there was no fishing there. If their overall conclusion is correct, in those marsh areas there would be “normal” rather than depleted levels of apex predators. Then why weren’t recreational anglers there? That assumes that in one marsh, anglers can figure out where the fish are, and in others, they can’t. I don’t buy it. Along the same line of reasoning, what happened during the 1970s and ’80s when the striped bass populations were in the dumpster? Why weren’t all the marsh areas seeing die-off?