Virginia watermen remove 28,000 ghost crab pots

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    GLOUCESTER, Va. — Virginia watermen have removed more than 28,000 "ghost" crab pots from the Chesapeake Bay watershed over the past three years as part of a federal and state effort to restore the crab population.

    The Virginia Institute of Marine Science announced the results Friday, saying the program provided clear economic and environmental benefits.

    Virginia received $15 million from the federal government in 2008 to restore the crab population, which had plummeted to record lows due to overharvesting, loss of habitat and pollution. The state set aside another $3.5 million to remove the "ghost" — or abandoned — crab pots that continued to catch and kill crabs.

    Virginia watermen remove more than 28,000 'ghost' crab pots from Chesapeake Bay in 3 winters :: The Republic
     
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    DAMN!

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    By my calculator it comes out to about $5,000 per pot.
     
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    Could you demonstrate your math?




    "Virginia received $15 million from the federal government in 2008 to restore the crab population, which had plummeted to record lows due to overharvesting, loss of habitat and pollution. The state set aside another $3.5 million to remove the "ghost" — or abandoned — crab pots that continued to catch and kill crabs."​


    15,000,000 + 3,500,000 = 18,500,000

    18,500,000 / 28,126 = $656.35 per pot


    With fishing/crabbing being a fundamental source of income for many folks along the Chesapeake Bay, ensuring habitat of the fisheries sounds like a good commercial investment.


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    15 Million plus 3.5 million divided by 28,000 equals about $5,040 per pot.
     
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    Did you factor this into your republican equations?:
    Only $3.5 mil was set aside for removing the pots too.
     
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    Check your math.

    $5,040 * 28,186 pots = $142,057,440


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    Hooray for the Waterman but how are you going to restore the crab population without puting the Watermen out of work? It's typical of the enviro radicals who operate on emotion instead of reality to call the salvage of 28,000 broken down crab pots a victory because Waterman got a winter's work at $300 per day. The pots do sell on the yuppie souvenir market. I wonder if they had to turn them over to some nameless federal bureaucracy for destruction?
     
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    Sustainable farming.



    The program goes well beyond "salvage of 28,000 broken down crab pots".

    70 waterman * $300 per day * 90 days = $1,890,000

    Lets call it $3,000,000 once you factor in fuel to be generous.


    The full program includes aspects the focus on restoring habitat through ghost pot removal, marsh grass wetland restoration, improved forestation of surrounding dry lands, reducing runoff of pesticides and other pollutants, and improved oxygenation by decgreasing summer algee blooms.


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    meh........so........the crabing guys left some equipment behind FTL........
     
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