- - Having been through Boston waters a few times and the Chesapeake many times, I would vote for the Chesapeake as having the worst "pot/trap" problem. There are clearly delineated boundaries on nautical charts
for "pot/trap fields" instead they mine the entire bay shore to shore. I have seen them mine the main Annapolis
channel and have watched the US Navy
ships churning though a hundred pot/trap floats on the way in or out of Annapolis
- - I was heading south from Delaware just after Isabelle and thought maybe I made a navigational mistake as when I got into the Chesapeake all the pot/traps were gone. I asked a local where all the traps went and he said the police made them take them all up for Isabelle. That was a once in a lifetime joy to sail the length of the Chesapeake and - no - traps.
- - I installed the "Spurrs" line cutter
system on my prop shaft and it has paid for itself many times over by chopping free any lines threatening to entangle my prop. I stay in the charted "freeways" when in the Chesapeake but still encounter enough of them to keep my "Spurrs" busy.
- - Regulation is fine but unless there is money
to enforce them, the fishermen/trappers simple ignore everything and mine the whole waters - everywhere in the world. The basic instinct to eat and then to make money
makes meaningful regulation very difficult. In the Bahamas
in particular there are few, in any, large fish
, conch or shell fish
available anymore. The saying around here is - if it moves they have eaten it. In the local fish markets the vast majority of fish for sale
are small sand sharks and barracuda. "Fingerlings" little fish from 2 to 5 inches in size are caught and sold as the most available fish around.