This coming from a guy that PAID some good money to have a piece of wood glassed into his boat when a piece of SS would've worked fine:yes: I went with the SS....stronger and cheaper;-)Jerry - I agree 110%. Have YOU ever thought of running for Governor? On second thought you wouldn't succeed at all - you have way too much COMMON SENSE!
Gary - Of course. I'm sure these guys are not complaining and quite happy to be able to make some money. I was just pointing out that in this case, the mate doesn't work for tips, so the final take is much less. The State put these guys out of work and most of us wanted VA to stop the winter dredging. I don't know if this is a one time deal, it might be. I like the idea of employing watermen into areas that can help Bay recovery efforts. This is actually doing something useful with tax earmarks for Saving the Bay. I would like to to know what Virginians think about this. I like the idea of using MD watermen for oyster recovery and would like to see a moratorium on Bay oystering.Three hundred dollars is not much money to run a commercial boat BUT, it is MUCH better than sitting home making nothing. I usually make $600.00 per day in my remodeling business but would jump at $300.00 per day if I had no work...........Gary
Yes and those water are saltier than the mid and upper bay so the ghost pots lost up here will stay in the water longer and kill even more. Virginia is doing a good thing. Maryland really needs to do something about this. They won't though, they would rather use the money to do something that wil buy them votes.I hope MD follows suit with paying watermen to pull ghost pots. Here's an excerpt from an article I found online..
In the (Chesapeake) Bay region, watermen surveyed in 1990 estimated that 10-30 percent of their pots were lost each year. But some think that number could be low.
In the Gulf of Mexico, fishery managers estimate that 250,000 ghost blue crab pots are added to Gulf waters each year-or 25 percent of those used annually by commercial fishermen.
The potential impact is not trivial. A study in Louisiana estimated that ghost pots could kill 4 million to 10 million blue crabs annually in state waters, as well as many recreational species such as spotted seatrout, red drum and black drum.
In a recent experiment in Canada, where ghost fishing was simulated with traps targeting dungeness crabs, researches estimated that ghost fishing accounted for 7 percent of the total catch.
A panel of outside experts that conducted the peer review for a recently completed stock assessment on the Chesapeake Bay's blue crabs said that ghost fishing was potentially an important source of crab source of mortality in the Bay. "It is strongly recommended that the extent of ghost fishing be assessed with regard to the potential losses, and how, if they are significant, they can be ameliorated," the panel wrote.