'MG, I am pretty sure that the meeting at Prien Lake was somewhat put together in response to your unpublished and preliminary graphs beind strewn all over the internet and your posts about boycotting CCA. They responded by putting together a public meeting, and did you even attend?'
Our experimental methodology, analysis techniques, and results have received many levels of review, feedback, and approvals from fisheries scientists and other qualified professionals.
I would not presume to have played a big role in motivating the meeting, since no one from CCA contacted me or invited me personally. The 'Boycott the S.T.A.R.' movement and Facebook page were the brainchild of other local anglers, although (after checking with them) I helped spread the word on LA Sportsman.
Your suggestion that I played any significant role in a gathering of such eminent managers and scientists is flattering, but since CCA completely ignored my attempts (email) at private discussion of scientific issues surrounding the Calcasieu fishery last year, I attribute the meeting to their recognition of widespread angler dissatisfaction with management of the fishery rather than a few internet posts by an individual.
I am not able to make it to Lake Charles as nearly as I would like, and my trips are mostly reserved for fishing. I touched base with Patrick Banks (the LDWF oyster guy) before the meeting, received written and verbal feedback from a number of attendees during and after the meeting, and eagerly read the news article and the posted presentations from the speakers with great care. If we determine that the general public is welcome at their meetings, I hope to attend some future CCA meetings in LC and BR when I am available.
But like most people here, if I'm going to sit in a car for 5-6 hours, it's most likely going to be to actually go fishing, not just to hear about it, especially when accurate reports are available without actually attending. The overwhelming majority of attendees surveyed were not optimistic that the meeting would result in any improvements in the situation in Calcasieu. (See attached photo for survey results.)