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America Tosses Nearly 20 Percent of All the Fish We Catch

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  • reel stamasreel stamas Posts: 6,153 Admiral
    "U.S. bycatch is the highest among trawl, longline, and gill net fisheries"

    & I'd love to see all 3 banned...
    There should be NO Commercial Fishing for any fish species considered 'Over-fished' , 'Undergoing Overfishing' or Subject to Recreational Seasons, Limits, or Closures... Game Fish Status IS the Answer !!!
  • omegafooomegafoo Posts: 3,127 Captain
    ferris1248 wrote: »
    The question is what do they do with the information.

    Would you be surprised if I, or anyone, says "ignore it".
  • KlingerKlinger Posts: 2,124 Captain
    ferris1248 wrote: »
    I wouldn't be surprised, not at all.

    But I would like to think that the info would be used to correct an imbalance somehow. If nothing more keep all the by catch and allow them to sell it the feed, food or fertilizer industry rather than waste it.

    They wouldn't keep the by catch anyway. Greed reigns supreme, so they would not keep anything that would take up room in on board coolers or freezers for the few cents per pound they could get for it. In addition, much of the by catch might not be legal to keep by regulation, as the Feds insist on "one size fits all" regulations.
    In my many years, I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame,two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress.-- John Adams
  • ANUMBER1ANUMBER1 Posts: 12,519 AG
    So, y'all are ready to completly give up your live shrimp (as it is a trawl fishery)?

    If you really are please give comments at the next FWC meeting...

    I hate shrimpers too.
    I am glad to only be a bird hunter with bird dogs...being a shooter or dog handler or whatever other niche exists to separate appears to generate far too much about which to worry.
  • KlingerKlinger Posts: 2,124 Captain
    ANUMBER1 wrote: »
    So, y'all are ready to completly give up your live shrimp (as it is a trawl fishery)?

    If you really are please give comments at the next FWC meeting...

    I hate shrimpers too.

    I'm willing. I love wild caught, but would settle for farm raised. Have seen firsthand the shrimp trawl by catch on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. As a matter of fact, our primary source of bait was shrimp boats. Hand them a 30 gallon trash can with a 6 pack of cheap beer in the bottom & they would remove the beer & use their coal shovels to fill the trash can with by catch (trout, flounder, grouper, snapper croaker, redfish, etc.).
    In my many years, I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame,two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress.-- John Adams
  • alligatoroballigatorob Posts: 197 Officer
    What is said about trawls here is true, I've pulled a few trawls in my day and see it first hand. When I was doing it I suspect bycatch was more than the 64% mentioned in the article. Probably closer to 90%. Mostly junk, catfish, stingrays, crabs, etc but too many good trout and snapper mixed in.

    Back in the day Mavar catfood company in Biloxi made a good living off of keeping everything that came up in their trawls. I used to watch their catch come in, get vacuumed up out of the hold and put on a conveyor on their pier. They had ladies working the conveyor salvaging the good fish and shrimp and throwing the sharks and shells overboard. Then the bulk of what had come up in the trawls went directly into the cooker and came out as catfood an hour or so after coming off of the boats. You could smell that place for miles...... Today there's a casino where the old Mavar operation sat and who knows where our catfood is coming from. But what comes up in the trawls hasn't changed, most of the biomass is bycatch.

    That said I am pretty ambivalent about giving up wild caught shrimp. Not sure I am ready for that yet, but I suspect the day will come.
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