Eating healthfully is of prime importance in my life. I cook, from scratch, for my family, each and every day. Have done so for the last 24 years straight. Sure, we indulge ourselves in the odd dinner out or special holiday from the "drudgery of life" but for the most part, I'm the epitome of caring about what my family and I eat.
Caring about what we eat is one of my primary reasons for fishing and crabbing like I do. I love the feeling of pulling dinner directly from the environment, and bringing it home for my family, as fresh as possible. So, with such lovely intentions, could I also be poisoning my family and myself at the same time?
Possibly. So, how to avoid it yet still reap the rewards of a fresh catch?
Well, one thing I insist on is catching it myself.
I know the charts for my area and I know the regulations inside and out. Shockingly, we have seen commercial fishermen fishing for crab in areas closed due to dioxin contamination. To the best of my knowledge, the most recent case that was publicized was a commercial crab fisherman who was fined $20,000 for harvesting in a contaminated zone off the Sunshine Coast area. Read the news report here. Can you believe someone who do such a thing?
Yes, I bet it happens all the time.
So, this frightful fact brings me back full circle to catching your dinner, yourself. But how to do that safely? Know the area is the answer. Know the regulations, the closures, the rules around how to catch your dinner and where. Great news is that the government has an excellent resource for us all.
The BC Sport Fishing Guide is the ultimate resource. Visit the site by clicking here or even better, download their brand new app! I have come to rely on this site each and every time I go out on the water. From this site, you can easily select the kind of fishing you will be doing and the area you will be in. Once chosen, you can then clearly see what you can and can't take, how big they need to be, how many of them and in areas that are safe for harvesting from the sea. This site is updated 24/7 and in time, I hope it will become the most basic resource to you, that it has become to me.
Your free lunch is waiting for you, out there. Gear up and get out!
HI, I'M KATE
A Captain's daughter, who became a Captain's wife. I remain always, a mermaid out of water looking to get straight back to the sea, whenever possible.