October 18, 2019
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Comments for: Much of Cobscook Bay to be closed to scallop fishing

  • Anonymous

    I live and work in cobscook bay and own a boat which i do drag scallops closing over half the bay for the remainder of the season is the most stupid thing that i have heard so far the closed areas need to be opened and whiting bay has been closed the longest i think they should have closed the whole bay and opened the closed areas for 1 or 2 days a week and we all cuold have made a living now we are going to struggle to even survive they have pushed twice the boats into half the area hows that for conservation

    • Anonymous

      Hey, you fished it dry. It’s what happens when unrestrained greed takes over the brain.

      • Anonymous

        you should know what your talking about before you post have the bottom has been closed forsed us all in the other half

      • Anonymous

        Nobody will stop until every scallop has been shucked. Then we blame DMR for ruining the fishery. It’s called the Washington County fisheries management plan. It’s worked for generations.

      • Anonymous

        I agree, fishing is all about greed. Destroy one fishery then just go on to the next to destroy. You fishermen decimated the scallops so now live with it. The fisheries need at least 10 years of none fishing not 3 to recover. Lobsters are next on the fishery destruction  list.

        • Anonymous

          Bub, can I offer you a rag to wipe the foam from your mouth? The big lobster catches are due to good stewardship. They prey on small scallops which seems to be having a big (bad) effect on scallop population.

        • Anonymous

          You boys throw around the word greed pretty librally.  I am not certain that trying to put food on your family’s table falls into the catagory of greed.  Has over fishing occured?  Yes.  Just as it has in every fishery in the world from time to time.  It is the job of DMR to protect the resource, and the system of checks and balances is working as it was designed to.  To call the fishermen who are left with no way to make a living greedy is, however, just wrong.  And before you tell me that these men can just work elsewhere, come down to Washington County and point out those good paying jobs.

        • Sounds like someone has been taking lessons from the Asians, fish till you have none then move to the next country

  • Anonymous

    All 200 people attending the meeting in Whiting on Tuesday night agreed that an emergency closure was needed! That kind of consensus rarely ever happens. Good decision by Commissioner Keliher. Leaving a section of the bay open will let a few locals pay the electric bills while protecting the rest for next year.

  • Anonymous

    Commercial fishing is hard and dangerous work. It is not the type of work most of us would want to do or chose to do. This action,even if necessary, is going to cause a lot of financial hardship. I would imagine some of the fishermen and women will have to apply for some sort of public assistance. I most certainly hope that they will not be called leeches, lazy lay abouts or even worse by our radical right friends.

    • Anonymous

      We don’t need trolls using our situation to play their politics. But that’s all some are good for.

      • Anonymous

        Did I say something wrong Robert?

  • Anonymous

    The problem with DMR is they listen to the scientist and not a lot of time talking to our fishermen, I know fishermen, who will not go to areas because they know it is /was over fished and they themselves are giving the areas a rest. I’m not saying that all fishermen are this way, but the great fishermen are and DMR should be thankful!

    • Anonymous

      If they just listened to fishermen, then there would be no living creature left alive in the Ocean. The fisheries would have all been  fished out due to  fisherman’s greed.

  • Anonymous

     Smart Conservation understands that ………

    ……Some people need the bay to produce more than wake water for yachts….

  • I guess no one can dive for scallops anymore.  Seems to be a lost art.   Possibly this could be allowed as selective harvest which would proably start up other businesses to cater to those who dive for them.  Some income is better than none,  and it helps protect the younger scallops from being damaged by he fishing gear until the bay can be opened to boats.     why not ?   or is that too difficult to figure out,,,,,,,,,,,,  DAH !!!!!

    • Anonymous

      Good point ………….. “BUT” …………… To logical and uses common sense, two things that seem too be lacking in today’s world!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for giving the scallops a chance to recover… If you harvest the last 10%, scallops would be only a memory…

  • Anonymous

    sad state of affairs but I think we have to agree for the long run future of scallop fishing.

  • Anonymous

    Everybody should pull a rock drag or chain sweep around your dooryard for 8-10 hours a day and see what’s left.  It kills everything, it’s no wonder why there’s nothing left in the sea.  Dragging should be banned, period!

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