Watermen say rights are infringed

Watermen say rights are infringed

There are 38 comments on the Hampton Roads Daily Press story from Apr 10, 2008, titled Watermen say rights are infringed. In it, Hampton Roads Daily Press reports that:

The government's failure to clean the Chesapeake Bay has harmed the livelihood of watermen and infringed on their constitutional right to clean water and may be grounds for a class-action lawsuit, a group of ...

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Bubba

Hampton, VA

#1 Apr 10, 2008
Start getting some formal education because there will be no crabs to harvest if you do not limit catches. Throwing blame to the state will not solve the damage that has been done. You will need the education in todays world to make a living. Too many persons are trying to make a living off the water....get over it.
Mitch Miller

Warsaw, VA

#2 Apr 10, 2008
So, they over-fish the resource to near extinction, then blame someone else. Virginia needs a marine resources commission; it's too bad we don't have one.
Submariner

Lebanon, OH

#3 Apr 10, 2008
It's the same as mininig, Take it all out but put nothing back. Where is the Marine Reources Commission? In someone hip pocket I would imagine.
peeking in water

Newport News, VA

#4 Apr 10, 2008
If you harvest them all ...
there will be none.
nva guy

United States

#5 Apr 10, 2008
If it was not for all the pollution there would be more than enough crabs for harvest.

These guys are correct; it is the fault of the federal & state governments for not enforcing pollution laws.

Good luck in getting a suit to stick !
Bretticus

Virginia Beach, VA

#6 Apr 10, 2008
Wow. These guys are right. Fishermen feed the world. The Bay needs our help and that of the Commonwealth!
peeking in water

Newport News, VA

#7 Apr 10, 2008
2 wrongs do not make a right.

Over harvesting and pollution are the cause.
As well as over development and rain water run off.

It's being killed by the all mighty dollar.
oh my

Norfolk, VA

#8 Apr 10, 2008
I think it is a little of both, over harvesting and pollution. We need to work together to find a solution. Blue crabs are part of our local heritage.
Submariner

Lebanon, OH

#9 Apr 10, 2008
I can remember a time when you couldn't catch a Striper. A short period of no fishing changed that. I know it hurts the commercial fisherman to not harvest but maybe a moratorium or a greatly reduce harvest would help. To lose the fishery altogether would be a shame.
nevermind

Alexandria, VA

#10 Apr 10, 2008
When are people going to realize that when you sue the government you sue yourself. Oh and when was the last time you saw a watermen rowing their boat. Just remember polution beings with you.
Grandma Charlotte

Chesapeake, VA

#12 Apr 10, 2008
While it's true that sometimes limits must be imposed. No one will have any fish or crabs or oysters or any other seafood from the bay if it's not cleaned up! I think that a lawsuit by the watermen is long overdue. It's time that the government be held accountable for not doing what they can to help the watermen and the locals clean up the bay and keep going clean up the James River too. GO GREEN :)
Ken Smith

White Stone, VA

#13 Apr 10, 2008
I by no means want to get into an argument here but I ask you to think about this.
40% of the Bay is a dead zone, meaning that it cannot support any type of life.
All of the microscopic life that the bay needs to produce as well as the larvae from crabs and oyster move back and forth with the tide. Anytime that larvae passes through a dead zone it is gone along with any other type of life.
No one is saying regulations aren’t needed. What is being said is that if you don’t fix the cause then you will never fix the problem.
Ken Smith
Vice President Virginia Waterman’s Association
Hillary Herhighness

Newport News, VA

#14 Apr 10, 2008
I just bought a can of backfin at Farm Fresh. It was delicious. It came from Brazil. The watermen need to get a job at Walmart for a couple of years to let their over harvesting correct its self.

“It's dark in here”

Since: Apr 07

Your Mother

#15 Apr 11, 2008
Of course our rights are being infringed. This is America. A country where the man who wrote "all men are created equal" was raping his slaves.
BuBBa

United States

#17 Apr 12, 2008
Go ahead catch and/or dredge the last oyster and crab. That will solve the problem.

I for one don't want any of my tax money going to pay a lawsuit by those who caused the problem to start with.
Wheat and Tares

United States

#18 Apr 16, 2008
Bubba wrote:
Start getting some formal education because there will be no crabs to harvest if you do not limit catches. Throwing blame to the state will not solve the damage that has been done. You will need the education in todays world to make a living. Too many persons are trying to make a living off the water....get over it.
No, there was a time you or anyone could throw a crab pot and have dinner.
You forgot the Asians infiltrating our seas and our water men suffer.
Education is not necessary anymore.
Pollution, uneducated people like bubba, have no clue.
Get over it bubba or go back to new york. I am sure you can get a crab leg for about $30.00.
Idiot.
Wheat and Tares

United States

#19 Apr 16, 2008
BuBBa wrote:
Go ahead catch and/or dredge the last oyster and crab. That will solve the problem.
I for one don't want any of my tax money going to pay a lawsuit by those who caused the problem to start with.
Then bubba you are a jerk.
Your tax money.....I say give the watermen what they rightly deserve.
You forgot about the Asians infringing in our waterways further inland than our watermen can go out into.
Where were you bubba, when they crept up on you? You have to be a yank.Regardless, ignorant.
BuBBa

United States

#20 Apr 16, 2008
Wheat and Tares wrote:
<quoted text>
Then bubba you are a jerk.
Your tax money.....I say give the watermen what they rightly deserve.
You forgot about the Asians infringing in our waterways further inland than our watermen can go out into.
Where were you bubba, when they crept up on you? You have to be a yank.Regardless, ignorant.
Yes I agree
give the watermen what they rightly deserve
Put an immediate ban on all crab operations. Commercial, private and residential.

I commend you for a viable option.
Grandma Charlotte

Chesapeake, VA

#21 Jun 4, 2008
Maybe just maybe you guys could stop fighting long enough to realize that we are loosing the Chesapeke Bay and the James River and Deep Creek to pollution. It's not just about conservation any more. If we put all this negative energy into working to clean up the bay there would be plenty of crabs, fish and oysters for everyone.
Surf52

Baltimore, MD

#22 Jun 4, 2008
peeking in water wrote:
2 wrongs do not make a right.
Over harvesting and pollution are the cause.
As well as over development and rain water run off.
It's being killed by the all mighty dollar.
Your right the area's over developed. The commute from Indiana would be a real bite though, and I have to live somewhere.

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