of crab pots seized in DFW blitz
DFW boats, 13 enforcement officers, two biologists and two
Lummi fisheries officers swept along the U.S. Canada line
in Boundary Bay on November 16 seizing Canadian crabbing
gear illegally set in U.S. waters. Mullins said half the
gear was left from a major seizure November 7, in which
DFW and Canadian fisheries officers collaborated to seize
three vessels and arrest six Canadian crabbers in U.S. waters.
The balance of the seized gear had at least seven other
unique buoy numbers from vessels enforcement officers had
Mullins said it was the biggest one-day seizure of gear he could recall, but the problem of Canadian crabbers slipping across the line is not new. Theres a lot of incentive for them to fish in U.S. waters if theyre fished out in their waters in Boundary Bay, he said. Its a yearly problem. They figure its the cost of doing business.
At about $50 a pot, including rigging, the cost of gear seized last week would be $27,500.