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#213684 - 10/24/06 07:23 PM Honduran Shrimp Trawlers in Belize: TOTAL MADNESS
Marty Offline


Facts on Honduran Shrimp Trawlers in Belize: TOTAL MADNESS

Shrimp trawling by-catch runs from 4:1 to 13:1, that is
4-13 pounds of
"trash fish" to 1 pound of shrimp (whole). One man's
"by-catch" is another
man's "fish-kill".

Belize shrimp fleet fights over 250,000 pounds of shrimp
per year (officially reported) whereas Nova shrimp farms
can produce the same amount in one week!!!!

There are three Belizean "owned" shrimp boats and 3 or 4
more from Honduras are officially permitted to trawl in
Belize; the three share their catch,about 15-20%, with the
cooperatives that do not own a shrimp boat.

Studies suggest that a max of 6 boats should be allowed in
order not to go beyond the sustainable level of the shrimp
population. One common practice is for
the captain to keep the small shrimp for himself.


Now isn't that a sad state of affairS? madda fya, INDEED.

If a trawler takes in 500 pounds of permit, what is the
penalty? None, right. Or if they take is 500 pounds of
Nassau Grouper just off Stan Creek behind the reef? Nada.
No cries from the hug-a-grouper group or the enforcement
authorities. Ooops. Thats all you hear. But if a fisherman
is caught taking group in December he's jailed.

If a trawler takes in a turtle. Ooooops!! But no
enforcement. What a catastrophic double standard that
penalizes our working poor subsistence fisherman!!!

I don't get it with these God forsaken Honduran Trawlers
that fly the Northen Fishermen Flag. Its like shooting
themselves in their own feet with a series of foreign
flagged trawler inside our reef...RAKING AND SCRAPING
EVERYTHING. Inside our barrier reef for Christ's Sake. No
wonder they have no problems voting with Japan for shooting



#213685 - 10/25/06 07:02 PM Re: Honduran Shrimp Trawlers in Belize: TOTAL MADNESS
Marty Offline
here are pictures of the bycatch of the

#213686 - 10/25/06 07:38 PM Re: Honduran Shrimp Trawlers in Belize: TOTAL MADNESS
San Pedro Daily Offline
The best seafood stew I've ever tasted was from bycatch onboard Mexican Shrimpers in Baja. Delicious!

#213687 - 10/25/06 10:48 PM Re: Honduran Shrimp Trawlers in Belize: TOTAL MADNESS
Axeman Offline
Sad real f'n sad...we continue to rape the sea..one day it will be devoid of life...Oh just for the record..without all those critters we won't survive...as humans....period!
Life May Be a Beach...I prefer Reefs...

#213688 - 10/26/06 03:26 PM Re: Honduran Shrimp Trawlers in Belize: TOTAL MADNESS
SFJeff Offline
I'm not the best at math, but that seems to equal somewhere from 1 to 3.25 MILLION POUNDS of "by-catch" in Belize annually.

That is a lot of seafood stew....

Totally insane.

#213689 - 10/26/06 04:02 PM Re: Honduran Shrimp Trawlers in Belize: TOTAL MADNESS
San Pedro Daily Offline
Apparently Belize and Honduras are way behind times with their shrimp trawls. Most all over the world shrimpers use trawls with specially designed escape routes for almost all of the bycatch. In Mexico the small bycatch is consumed by the crew and/or given to the nearby locals. Nothing is wasted.

#213690 - 10/26/06 05:24 PM Re: Honduran Shrimp Trawlers in Belize: TOTAL MADNESS
klcman Offline
US Law, in theory, bars importation of shrimp from countries who do not mandate use of Turtle Excluder Devices, a trap door in the net that lets turtles swim free.

Ratio of shrimp to bycatch, in terms of poundage, can run 1:10 or higher. Trapping, on the other hand, release as much as 98% of bycatch.
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