“To let the brain work without sufficient material is like racing an engine. It racks itself to pieces. … Let us get a firm grip of the very little which do know, so that when fresh facts arise we may be ready to fit them into their places.”
Sherlock Holmes, form “The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot“, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 1910
If you’re a news reporter, what kind of headline would you write during or after a strong Stone crab season? Well, if you were trying to prop up the failing and wholly-fraudulent impression that “Poor Mother Gaia is Dying, Crushed by the Virus-Like Burden of Mankind” on behalf of the barely-closeted Death worshippers you worked for, you’d run with “Stone crab season not a good one for crabbers“, or ” Shortage of Stone crabs this season.”
If you review the quotes down below you’ll see how the folks in charge are lying to you about basically everything, including Stone crab numbers in Florida.
Fortunately for us all, Nature is booming and burgeoning to a level not seen in our lifetimes, and no number or variety of wholly-controlled-and-coopted organs of the press are going to change that fact.
May 14, 2016 – Stone crab season not a good one for crabbers
They’ve hauled in plenty of claws in Florida — 2.5 million pounds and still counting — but a combination of weather and lower demand has kept prices down, and crabbers have felt the pinch.
“It’s nice to catch the pounds, but if you don’t have the price to go with it, it’s kind of a kick in the ass, so to speak,” said Doxsee, 35, whose commercial fishing family is the namesake of the Doxsee Clam Factory, which opened in 1910 on Marco Island.
Kirk Fish Co. handled about the same number of pounds of stone crab claws this season, which began Oct. 15, as they did last season, about 70,000 pounds. But low prices meant fishermen got about $4 less per pound, said Patty Kirk, the do-it-all wholesale manager at Kirk Fish Co. That’s about a 25 percent loss, she said
January 3, 2017 – Shortage of stone crabs this season – NBC-2.com WBBH News for Fort …
Stone crab season is off to a rough start. Florida Fish and Wildlife said the count is down nearly 50% from last year
May 16, 2017 – With season over, stone crabs head to the freezer – Naples Daily News
“We ended just about 10,000 pounds over last year’s total,” she said. “Most crabbers did about equal to last year, if not a little better. We got off to a slow start, but then it turned very consistent. That’s great, because then crabbers can go out five, six or seven days a week. We never got super flooded.”
That’s the way it went across the state, said Ryan Gandy, research scientist for the FWC.
August 30, 2017 – Fla. stone crab harvest strong again this year
“(2016) was a better than average season on my boats,” said Jim Hanson, who operates out of Little Torch Key, Fla. “But the price was lower.”
Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission numbers back that up. “This season was a continuation of the good harvest numbers from last season,” said spokeswoman Michelle Kerr. “The landings have recovered from their historically low levels of the 2013-14 season” (with 1.98 million pounds claw weight landed).