This is only the view from a local perspective but it is good enough for me. The harvesting boat and crew did not know what they were doing. The owner of the boat was new to the area. The guy on board who had the harvesting permit was new to the area. Add that in with a could not care less we know best attitude and you get no scallops.
Why bring in an inexperienced boat and crew? Best I can assertion is that no one locally was interested in getting involved with the fishery, nor were either of the two local boats interested, they have other interests.
There was some expressions of interest from boats from other north coast towns who had scalloped here before, these were turned down for one reason or another. In one case the Capt is a known tippler of the bottle.
I can remember back when the scallop fishery attracted 7 to 8 boats, one day one of the crew off one boat was in the beer store (this is mid day) asking for a two four *as they were going out fishing for the night*. Not a good mix booze and commercial fishing.
The Wanderbird arrived in town yesterday morning. Good to see Karen and Rick and the two dogs, Pitsik is from here,. An eclectic guest list of eleven, including two Aussies who insisted on buying us a beer last evening.
And wouldn't this sight frighten the bejasus out of you, dolphins are one thing, these big babies is entirely another.