By Natario Mckenzie
The 2013-2014 crawfish season is shaping up to be one of “the worst seasons in 11 years” for some Bahamian fisherman, the Bahamas Commercial Fishers Alliance (BCFA) president yesteday estimating the industry had yet to hit 25 per cent of its seasonal yield.
“This is turning out to be one of the worst seasons in a long time,” said Adrian LaRoda. “We’r e just not getting the product. In a season that’s eight months, this time of year we would have already seen about a third of our yield.
“Countrywide, I don’t think we have gotten to 25 per cent. It’s hard out there. the chief reason is that we’re being affected by poaching. For some fishermen this is the worst season in 11 years. We’re just not yielding the product.”
The BCFA chief added: “Poachers out there are really hurting us. We’re asking the Government to beef up on the patrols.”
Mr LaRoda expressed concern that the scarcity of crawfish/spiny lobster would drive up the price of seafood domestically.
“The domestic price of seafood is going to increase and further push the product out of the hands of the Bahamian family,” he said.
“If we could have gotten concessions on fuel, this maybe could have balanced itself out, but no one is listening to us. You don’t always want to talk gloom and doom, but you have to be real. It’s rough out there.” More....