The crawfish season is off to a strong start which bodes well for fishermen according to Abaco Fisheries Officer Jeremie Saunders, noting that a report from Marine Resources in Nassau said that Abaco between 25,000 to 30,000 lbs on the first day of the season.
Mr. Saunders said though he does not have an official report in hand for the first month of the season all indications are that the numbers are up, and all reports have been good thus far.
With the crawfish season under way Mr. Saunders noted that there are still many fishermen who have not paid their fishing and compressor license fees.
He said in the past the fisheries officers have approached fishermen breaking laws with the view to educate them on the law; however, he said they will be cracking down on violations this season.
“The fishermen have had a good start to the season and now they have no excuse to not have paid their license fees,” Mr. Saunders said. The fee for a fishing license and for a compressor license are ten dollars each.
Despite the concerns of fishermen before the season started, there has been no crack down on the depth of the water they are allowed to use a compressor in.