The Potomac Highlands Watershed School 

Stream Cleaner Environmental Forum


Stakeholder Group: Commercial Fishermen Point Of View

Group: COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN REALLY DO CARE Hampshire High School, Environmental Science, 4th Block We are representing the commercial fishermen. The water is important to us because if we weren't allowed to fish we would lose our only source of income. We should input the possible solutions to the Bay, because we use the water just as much as everyone else. If the problem with the run-off entering the Chesapeake Bay is not fixed, it could cause a loss of Marine life. This could create a severe problem for our business. We should consider fixing the problem as fast as possible before many people lose their jobs. If the problem is not fixed, we may lose more than just our jobs. The bay is a major source of fishing, boating, and other recreational activities like swimming. If there is a way for us fishermen to work with the farmers and local businesses to help the amount of silt and sewage going into the water maybe we can solve this problem.

Group: KJPC: Chelsea, Josh, Paul, and Chad Hampshire High School, Environmental Science, 2nd Block We the fishermen treasure the Chesapeake Bay because it is home to our main source of income. By fishing, we pay our taxes, put food on the table, and provide shelter for our families. Not only do we provide for our families, we provide for the people. We supply the fish in supermarkets and restaurants. Without fishermen, local restaurants and super would have to get fish shipped and raise prices, sacrificing the freshness of the Chesapeake Bay fish. The overabundance of nutrients and silt causes a decrease in fish population--causing a decrease in production and sales. Fishing is our only job and our life, so the bay needs help. Possible solutions are tree, grass, and sediment pond buffers that stop nitrogen and phosphorus runoff, providing a chance to save and nurse the bay back to health. Other possible solutions are stopping nitrogen and phosphorus at the source. According to research performed by Neil Gillies, nitrate levels are at their highest at farm feedlots. Nitrate on feedlots comes from animal waste. This nitrate runs off into local streams, which are tributaries to larger rivers that empty out into the Chesapeake Bay. Maybe farmers should consider asking for grant money to put up concrete barriers. We could raise the prices of fish to collect a greater profit for any finances. We could also lower prices of fish to other stakeholders to help pay for these. To help clean and purify the Chesapeake Bay, we need to get together and work as a team. REVISED 4/28/06

Group: Bass Masters: first Block Environmental Science Hampshire High School, Environmental Science, 1st Block  The problem for commercial fisherman is the contamination of fish and mollusks in the Chesapeake Bay area. White Perch a fish that has been contaminated is a highly popular fish to be consumed, and people eating this fish in mass quantities are subject to biological magnification. What we can do is to limit our introduction of PCBs in the environment. Around the house we can limit electrical use, recycle, and reduce the runoff from you property. On the road we can drive efficiently and dispose of used motor oil and antifreeze. properly, and for those on the water, they can maintain their engines to prevent fuel spills. The people on the water should maintain their engine because a fuel spill can kill fish and for commercial boaters who are paid to take people out to fish, if the fish are dead, non one will pay them to take them out to fish. This also affects fisherman because no fish means no money. We still stand by our original POV but we will agree that coal firing electrical plants are not completely in fault. It is actually the community and businesses of the area as well. Also Driving efficiently will reduce the risks of accidents in which chemicals from the car seep into the ground, and possibly into an aquifer or stream that leads into the Chesapeke Bay area. we do this by reducing our speed and bettering our gas mileage.  REVISED 4/28/06