Lobster Condos, Lobster Habitats of the Bahamas!

Bahamian Lobster Habitats or Lobster condos! This is legal harvesting in the Bahamas. It is very sustainable. Crawfish (Caribbean Lobster) was almost extinct in the Bahamas. They need rocky or coral shelter for protection and the Bahamas have limited areas like this where they love to live and breed. Then some creative Bahamians figured out they could build a habitat for them, not a trap but a habitat. This is a 4′ x 8′ or 10′ foot wooden structure, lifted off the sea bed by about a foot. with openings on both sides. The crawfish or lobster come and go as they please, and live there, it is their habitat or home. The locals call it a lobster condo. Locals have built thousands of these as many as 20,000 all around the Bahamas. There are about 4-5 families mostly from Spanish Wells, and a few from the Abacos that have taken this real serious. Each family owns 2-3 thousand of these. They drop them, and mark them on GPS, so they are not visable from the surface, but if you look for them from the surface aboard your boat, you’ll see 4′ x 8′ foot shadows. Since these habitats have been built, the lobster have been thriving, and it has become very sustainable. There is a lobster season in the Bahamas and no one is allowed to take lobster even from their condos during this time (Lobster off season during August 1st to March 31st), this is breeding time! The harvesters come after lobster season to collect their harvest, they can get about 30-40 from each habitat. They always leave about 4 for further breeding. Then they can come again in 6 months before the season closes, and collect another harvest often smaller, but still leaving 4 in the condo. They also abide by the rules of not taking lobster that is too small. Most of the harvest, almost a million lobster is sent to the USA each year, Red Lobster that is! Yes, Red Lobster displays its North Atlantic lobster, but serves you a Bahamian lobster tail, unless you buy a North Atlantic lobster from their tank. In addition, if you see one of these habitats, feel free to dive down and take one or two. Bahamian law states, that anything on the sea floor doesn’t belong to anyone. This is why they don’t mark them with floats, but on their GPS. There are actual Lobster Pirate wars on the high seas, Pirates come raid the condos and move them, and mark a new GPS point, thereby the original owner can’t find his condo any more. There have been gun battles over this. Mostly the Dominicans coming and fishing illegally in Bahamian waters!

s/v Black Diamond

I have been boating for over 25 years, at the age of 43, this is more than half of my life time. Starting out with a number of smaller power boats, then switching to sail about 8 years ago. I have sailed various boats from wind surfers, dinghies (lasers), keel boats from 26 to 45 foot yachts. I live in the area of Toronto Canada and sail mostly on Lake Ontario. I have been racing yachts for the past 7 years. I have also entered many long distance races such as the Fort Lauderdale to Charleston, completed in 2 days 8 hours, we received 4th place in division, 8 minutes in PHRF behind a 3rd place trophy. Then 4 times finishing the Susan Hood, a 75 mile over night race, 4 times entered in the Lake Ontario 300 the worlds longest fresh water race, a 308 knotical mile race around the perimeter of Lake Ontario. My crew and I on Black Diamond finished in 2 days 12 hours in 2009. In 2009, delivering the boat back up to Canada from the Bahamas we entered in a couple of interesting races, one from Fort Lauderdale to Charleston described as a sled ride up the gulf stream, the Charleston race week regatta series and the New Year's Day Staniel Cay Regatta in the Exumas, Bahamas. This race we came in 2nd over entire fleet, only lost by 3 minutes in a 2 hour race to a 47 footer. This was a boat for boat race, no PHRF scoring. "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do, than by the ones you did do. So cast off the bowline, Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." Mark Twain Blue water experience include yacht deliveries from the Abacos, Bahamas to Charleston South Carolina 2006. This delivery was a non-stop, 3 and half days, total of 500 miles. We crossed parts of the Bermuda Triangle, and during most of the delivery were over 200 miles offshore. The delivery of Black Diamond a 40 foot Jeanneau racer/cruiser has been delivered to New York City and then offshore to Florida and the Bahamas from Toronto, Canada. This delivery from NYC to Florida was completed 100 miles offshore, for a distance of over a 1000 miles non-stop to Jacksonville, Florida. Completed in what might be a cruisers record of 5 days 3 hours non-stop offshore. This fall my family and I added another 500 miles of sailing throughout much of the Bahamas. Spending 6 weeks aboard Black Diamond sailing the Abacos, Nassau and the Exumas. I then sailed the boat back to New York, completely offshore, entered a few races along the way, and back to Toronto through the Hudson River and Erie Canal. During the 2009 season, we sailed Black Diamond off the dock 148 different days out of 365, winning the Vacant Dock award the second year in a row. Most recently, 2011, completed the delivery of friends boat Tracey & Nilson Ruiz, from Tortoal, BVI to New York. Tortola to Georgetown Bahamas in 5 days non-stop. Last leg from Charleston to New York over the momorial day long week-end non-stop Friday to Monday in 4 days. All completed safe and sound without incedent. Need any deliveries let me know. I am also an Open Water Certified diver and an active member of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron, certifications included Power/Sail boat handling, Seamanship Sail, Piloting/charting, GPS Navigation, Extended Offshore Cruising and a VHF Radio operation license. I hope to further my education, qualifications and experience in long distance cruising and racing. One of my goals is to obtain a commercial Captains License. Feel free to contact me at er@radonicrodgers.com

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