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There's gold in their old Pots

Other States are doing it...so why not the Chesapeake being more aggressive in their clean-up efforts..

Watermen remove ghost pots from Chesapeake Bay | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com

An old article..no current follow-up.
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Re: There's gold in their old Pots

I guess old news loses its value. Up here on the coast I used to drag a grapple on the prawning grounds (just about anywhere at 300 ft) after the yachts went back to their clubs. Record was 5 in a day around Desolation.
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Washington State is successful...

Divers Seek Lost Crab Pots in Washington Waters - ABC News
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Re: There's gold in their old Pots

Essentially, the derelict crab pot recovery program was nothing more than a giveaway program for out of work commercial watermen. Keep in mind the watermen of Maryland and Virginia have brought about their own demise. They wiped out the oysters, wiped out the striped bass and are in the process of doing that again, wiped out the crabs, white perch, yellow perch, eels, shad, herring, clams, you name it, they wiped them out by commercial exploitation. Now they're out of things to wipe out and they want unemployment, which is not available for VA watermen because of their self employment and tax status. Consequently, someone dreamed up a program that would employ them by the state government - good job by their standards. $300 a day, plus expenses is far more than most made for a good day crabbing.

Several sources report that commercial crabbers lose approximately 10 to 15 percent of their crab pots every season - which translates into one hell of a lot of crab pots each year. Now, there was proposed legislature to make those crab pots in such a manner so that one side panel would fall off after the post was in the water for more than 90 days. The legislature failed because the watermen fought the issue, claiming it was too expensive and too much work to replace the special hog rings that holds the panels in place. Now they're working for the state of Virginia, recovering their own derelict pots - great job if you can get it.

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Re: There's gold in their old Pots

How can I get paid for picking up my own litter??
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Toss some trash out the car window while there's a state trooper behind you in his car. He will arrest you, then you can go out on the road cleanup crews, and get paid a couple bucks a day for picking up trash, some of which may be yours.

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Taking it off here, Boss!!
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