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News Link: Oyster Poaching Continues on the Chesapeake Bay Despite Enforcement Efforts

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    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Sometimes I think it’s just a slogan for the “in crowd”. We have a Save the Bay license plate, voluntarily contribute extra every year when we pay taxes, and are extremely careful and mindful when we are down on our boat — but we seem to be very much in the minority.

      A sailor friend of mine (a former US Navy officer) hates fishermen, because they don’t have any skin in the game like farmers do. Farmers have to plant and nurture and fight and pray for their crops to produce something. Not so for fishermen, who only have to find a cheap way to catch the bounty from the water — no further investment is required.

      And as the article illustrates, many of them invest just enough money to get out on the water and back without drowning, and care little for rules that are meant to benefit all. So I’m slowly coming around to the same view as my friend. Not all watermen are like that, but we sure see a lot that don’t make the connection between their present actions and their future career viability.

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    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Some watermen are environmentally conscious and work in harmony with the rules and authorities.

      I don’t know the percentage between good and bad watermen, but down in southern Maryland we’ve encountered our fair share of the latter — especially the retired mom-and-pop types that cruise around in small jonboats, hoovering any and all crabs they encounter, no matter what size or sex they may be (and anything else for that matter, including diseased rockfish – which I witnessed firsthand a couple of years ago).

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