I think as recreational fishermen we should recognize that the biologists that work as state employees in state fishery management are functioning as regulators and fishery promoters in a policy world, rather than as _objective scientists_ testing hypothesis using the scientific method and presenting their results to their peers and to the public.
In the science realm the scientific _research_ results are always peer reviewed and published in scientific journals.
It was VA Dept of Game and Inland "fishery biologists" that introduced blue cats to a river system in Virginia under the (grossly mistaken) assumption that salinity patterns in the Bay would prevent the species from moving among and between tidal river systems--it must have seemed like a good idea at the time.
Those guys in hindsight did not do any scientific research or any kind of science-based risk assessment or cost/benefit analysis before the introduction, and it was clearly a moronic decision that should never have been made in the first place.
Bottom line is that state employees with science degrees that work in management should not be confused with objective research scientists.