No an­swers for crab col­lapse

The Compass - - OPINION -

max­i­mum and as with ev­ery­thing in the ocean there is only so much, and if you keep tak­ing out with­out man­ag­ing it prop­erly, this is the re­sult.

Be­sides fish­ing it to the max­i­mum, it has also been fished when there is an abun­dance of soft shell and fish­er­men will not re­port it be­cause the Depart­ment of Fish­eries and Oceans might close it down.

Any­one that knows any­thing about crab knows soft shell is next year’s crab and is also very del­i­cate when han­dled and prone to large mor­tal­ity when re­turned to the wa­ter.

The other prob­lem is that the 200-plus crab en­ter­prises that also have shrimp li­censes will go out and drag the bot­tom of the crab grounds. DFO shuts down an area for soft shell crab and the next day you are al­lowed to go in the same area and drag over the bot­tom.

How many times have I made the state­ment, “ Will we never learn from our past mis­takes?”

Our fish­ery will never come back un­til we learn to man­age it prop­erly by the fish­er­men them­selves. (Re­tired) Capt. Wil­fred Bartlett


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