I respect your opinion and concerns. Like me, you are entitled to your views. As I stated, NO one was happy with the situation and time crunch created by the late announcement. Bottom line is we were all up against giving up on a March 1 start date for the season, which would have impacted the guys from Victoria area as they very much depend on this fishery and had events planned etc.
Could this happen again, yes. What can we all do about it...get involved if you can, stay informed, and share your views and interests in a respectful way. No matter what, there is no way to keep everyone happy unless you are saying we are back to full limits (that ain't happening), so next season will be all about making choices yet again. When it comes to future choices between a shorter season or modified catch regulations that extends the season, I for one will choose the later again.
As for the SFAC processes, they are e-mailed out to members who have participated or asked to be kept informed in their local committees. Those dates/places are all posted, not to mention in all the banter on this site the meeting info was cross posted, so I assume everyone can read. I note from the SFAC minutes (Area 14, you were in attendance) so would naturally assume you are involved there. Good on you for participating. So if you want to sit in on an Area 23 meetings send me a pm with your e-mail address and I will ask Bob to add you to the list.