Crawfish export limit faces 29% reduction


Tribune Business Reporter

THE government will reduce the annual crawfish export limit from seven million to five million pounds, a Cabinet Minister told Parliament yesterday.

Renward Wells, minister of agriculture and marine resources Minister, said: "In consultation with primary stakeholders of the seafood processing and export sector, the amendment curtails the commercial annual export limit of seven million pounds of the resource to five million pounds.

"This harvest control amendment became necessary based on a 2017 stock assessment, and ensures a sustainable fisheries for future generations. My ministry is very concerned about the future of our fisheries stock, which is at risk for overfishing by non-nationals." This effectively represents a 28.6 percent drop in the export limit.

Mr Wells, during his contribution to the 2018-2019 budget debate, described The Bahamas' agricultural sector as being "in crisis". He explained: "Over the years we have lost more than our gains in agriculture. This trend cannot continue. Successive governments have incentivised unsustained strategies with unsatisfactory yields over time.

"We believe that now is the last real opportunity to salvage the sector, diversify our economy and minimise our risk of gaining access to food as a consequence of sudden global economic climates and/or political shocks."

Mr Wells said The Bahamas produces only eight percent of the food it consumes, and highlighted the issue of Crown Land abuse.

He stressed that the government will void any lease where it is determined that the land is being used for purposes other than farming. He noted that the Land Unit has executed 52 Crown Land leases, with 20 on Andros covering 144 acres; 18 on Abaco for 356 acres; and 15 on New Providence for 25 acres.


proudloudandfnm says...

Think Spanish Wells hated the FNM before. This ga drive em insane...

Posted 12 June 2018, 2:25 p.m. Suggest removal

Dawes says...

Wait, wasn't Renward just saying how we should increase all our exports. Now he is saying nope decrease.

Posted 12 June 2018, 3:15 p.m. Suggest removal

sheeprunner12 says...

Why are we exporting conch?????? ......... When it is almost at a point of going extinct???

Crawfish would be better served if the Government was to permit fishermen to take 4 to 7 inch tails ONLY and leave all of the larger mature crawfish to spawn ....... The black market for small tails makes the present minimum tail limit untenable.

Posted 12 June 2018, 3:48 p.m. Suggest removal

Porcupine says...

I agree sheeprunner.
We need to put pressure on the government to get them to ban the export of conch.
Doing so would bring a lot of international goodwill, besides providing a sustainable tourism product.
But, if you do look around the rest of the Caribbean, conch populations are plummeting.
Will you write a letter to Renward Wells?
You could send it as a letter to the editor, also?
I will do the same.
I know Richard Lightbourn is pushing for this as well.

Posted 12 June 2018, 4:54 p.m. Suggest removal

sheeprunner12 says...

Porcupine ......... I gather that you are connected to Andros ....... You text that to your MP and I will do the same ......... They have more contact with Renward than a lowly letter ........ Besides, Renward knows as much about Fisheries - as Lloyd knows about Education ............... smt

Posted 12 June 2018, 5:29 p.m. Suggest removal

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Posted 12 June 2018, 6:05 p.m. Suggest removal

JackArawak says...

The exports of fisheries resources should have been looked into 20 or more years ago.

It really galls me when people speak of H "Pappa" Ingraham in glowing terms; if he was all that he would have done more; Pappa was pathetic.

Posted 13 June 2018, 12:18 p.m. Suggest removal

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