Invasion of the blue crab on the Kane pond in P.-O. : 14 tons were produced, but the fishermen have not been paid yet

The Cane Pond fishermen are angry! Just like the blue crab that colonized the lagoon for 5 years, devouring everything its claws reached. An emergency solution is intensive fishing to hopefully reduce its concentration. A painful operation related to scientific research was supposed to make possible the payment of small trades. If the envelope of 400,000 euros has been recorded, then the convicts have not yet received a penny, and they are disgusting!

The 2021 record of 10 tons has been largely broken. In five months of this year, five brave fishermen pulled fourteen tons, i.e. 14 thousand kilograms of blue crabs, from the Cane Pond. Granular females, young of all sizes, “monsters” weighing up to 500 grams each, with sharp claws, the Terminator of this Catalan lagoon is a disaster. For 5 years, small-scale fisheries have cried out in despair, helpless before this invader, which has destroyed traditional fisheries, absorbed the ecosystem and destroyed their incomes.

A female grizzly can carry up to 2.5 million eggs, which is a disaster for the lagoon, its ecosystem and fishermen!
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In spite of everything, since there is no other way out, fishermen almost every day pull out special nets that they have developed themselves (at the expense of the regional fisheries committee) in order to collect the evil bluefish in large black garbage cans. “Not a green crab anymore, not a shadow of an eel, they can even eat the legs of birds that sit on the water, it’s unheard of,” explains Jean-Claude Pons again, who knows the pond like the back of his hand. his hands Without predators, with the only drawback of tasty meat (better than food), the blue crab is not of interest to wholesalers or restaurateurs, only the Asian community appreciates it, “negotiating the lowest prices”, clarifies Yves Rouges.

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Where is the promised help?

Faced with such a calamity, last April politicians committed themselves, including the region of Occitania (€122,000), by issuing a global envelope of €400,000 over two years. In short, half of the amount goes to the scientists (Oceanological Observatory of Banyuls-sur-Mer and the University of Perpignan), the other is intended to reward the fishermen through the project leader, the trade union Réart. Didier Codorniou, president of the Maritime Parliament, confirms: “The device was voted and confirmed quickly.” But after four months, nothing happened!

Hervé, Yves and Jean-Claude, prisoners of the Canet pond, exhausted, five years from the blue crab and still not getting paid.

Hervé, Yves and Jean-Claude, prisoners of the Canet pond, exhausted, five years from the blue crab and still not getting paid.
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The explanation for this delay is provided by Stephan Urdez, a researcher at the Banyuls Oceanological Observatory, who decided to conduct this study together with his colleague Marion Jarraya (UPVD): “I understand the impatience of the fishermen, everything has started, I admit. that this delay is regrettable, now it remains to complete the administrative… sign another agreement on the allocation of money and we will be done. I hope that we can start in September, in cooperation with the fishermen, what is necessary for the catch.

Why Cane Lagoon?

Therefore, the goal of the scientists will be to learn as much as possible about this species, classified as non-native, and especially about this incredible density found in Cane Pond. A phenomenon that today is unprecedented in the Mediterranean lagoon.

Stefan Urdes, one of the scientists who will conduct the study, is optimistic and confirms that the administrative file will be completed within a few days, thus freeing up money to pay fishermen in September.

Stefan Urdes, one of the scientists who will conduct the study, is optimistic and confirms that the administrative file will be completed within a few days, thus freeing up money to pay fishermen in September.
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For this, 10 sampling stations were selected in the lagoon for one or more weekly monitoring. Faced with this crab, able to adapt to impressive fluctuations in temperature and salinity, experts will focus their research on parasites, larval development and their presence in the plankton, food, reproduction, and the effect of oxygen on the development of Collinectes sapidus. And Stefan Urdez concludes: “We can hope for regulation, but eradication seems unlikely. During the year, we hope to have results to reduce the impact on the ecosystem and get answers to understand why, unfortunately, so well in the pond Canet!

(Source: INDEPENDENT)

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