Don't like the idea of catch shares, but I still think recs should have to report their catch just like the commercial crabbers do.Everyone better wake up to what this new commision and dnr is working on, it's called catchshares and if it comes to md everyone will lose except the highest reporting comm. crabbers, maybe 10% or less. rec. will lose big time because it all works off allocation of their est. of TAC, total allowable catch. by dnr's est. recs only catch 6% tops of all landings reported.
taking clients requires 1: a US coast Guard License....2. A Maryland Guide License... the # of commercial crabbers that posess both licenses is probably less than 2 dozen... good idea but not too practical under today's rulesThere could be a good money making idea for crabbers - taking out tourists.
Kinda like a dude ranch - let the tourists pay X amount of dollars to see first hand how crab pots work. Just the excitement of the crab pot coming up would be cool. Let them sort their own catch - bait a few traps - etc.
The crabber would really only need to get about 4-5 bushels for the tourists to take home. In a way - the bushel price would be much better.
Look at how many folks watch " Deadliest Catch " - Md could jump on the band wagon and promote it.
You know the tourists would brag about how fun it was - plus have some fresh crabs to eat that night. Some thing about fish or crabs you catch yourself just taste better.
Not exactly. MWA does not like part timers, that is why they agreed to the time restrictions way back when, hard to work a 6-3 job and crab when you can only do it on weekends.The sacrificial lamb. Take out those who take least.