“Last year, 3L fisherman had roughly 45,000 pounds per boat and this year we’ll be down to roughly 20,000 pounds. And four or five years ago, we had 500,000 per boat (250,000 in SFA 7 and 250,000 in SFA 6). You will see boats not gear up for shrimp this year because they won’t be able to afford to.”
He said fishermen have been presenting their views in a number of meetings since the assessments were released.
In the meantime, he said the days of fishermen going after just crab and shrimp are over if they want to make a decent living from the fishery.
In addition to shellfish, fishermen are going to have to adapt, once again, to fishing a number of different species and developing fisheries for underutilized stocks.
“We are going to have to get into fishing so much turbot, so much cod, redfish, monkfish and whatever you can get at,” he said. “I fished turbot in 2016, the first time in 15 years. So, hopefully, we can find a way to make a go of it.”