The Fishermen Aren't Getting the Profits

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Posted by Walt on November 04, 2005 at 09:20:02:

In Reply to: Re: Good follow-up posted by Dave on November 03, 2005 at 21:07:27:

A typical day begins at 4 AM, typically in any weather except maybe full gale force. Go out, haul in and check each trap, find that some have been emptied by poachers, rebait it with chum, move on to the next. Late afternoon, back to the dock, refill the boat with overpriced diesel fuel, drive a hundred miles, take the catch to the markets and get a pitance of what the retailers will charge, get more chum (which is at least free as its a 'hazardous waste' byproduct of fish canning), go home, clean up and repeat the next day.

To this deduct the cost of maintaining, licensing, buying trap materials, boat financing, etc. and you're not left with a much for all of the hard work involved. Not to mention the danger always posed by the fickle seas and the whims of nature that can vary the catch from year-to-year as if the risks weren't already great enough.

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