According to the Department of Marine Resources and local commercial fishermen, the 2013 crawfish season has been disappointing with some seeing as much as a fifty percent reduction based on last year’s opening. Assistant Fisheries Superintendent Wayne Cornish says while they don’t have an analysis of the crawfish season thus far as yet, he noted that from what he has heard and seen from fishermen in the Grand Cay area that there were very low returns during the first few weeks but they have since seen a slight increase in recent weeks.
Lester Gittens, assistant fisheries officer at the Department of Marine Resources, began a project this summer that is aimed at protecting our country’s spiny lobster fishery. Gittens adopted the project as a PhD student at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. The spiny lobster is considered the most important fishery in The Bahamas because it provides employment for thousands of people, and roughly brings in between $50 million to $95 million in foreign exchange every year.