I see your point but I see it as.. the State is doing everything possible not to shut down the fishery altogether before it collapses. It still may not rebound given the numbers. No pain, no gain. Most of us lived through a rockfish moratorium and have no regrets. Take your analogy to a more equivalent parallel. The roads will be beyond repair if we don't fix them now and we will have no roads to drive at all.. if we don't stop a percentage of people from driving on them long enough to repair them.The roads are becoming too crowded. Maybe the state should see who has a VALID drivers license that hasn't owned a car or paid insurance for a few years(thus haven't been driving) and take their drivers license from them to lessen traffic/future traffic on the roads.
If you paid your license fees and everything was up to par, but, you just didn't use your license for a few years