The BCS fleet is comprised of 2 boats and 2775 traps currently
capable of operating in the Bahamas Banks Fishery. These boats are represented by a new "mother-ship" and two "slave" boats . The "mother-ship has a 25,000 pound cooler for the processed product and a 5000 pound freezer for bait. It also has a steam generator and cooker and chiller so that the entire processing of the product caught by all three boats may be be accomplished on the mother-ship. BCS plans to build an additional 3 mother-ships and boats and purchase the necessary traps to increase the current fishing operations. This current trap fishing operation will provide brood stock for the BCS Aquaculture project.
2015/2016 fishing projections are based on actual catches in trials
conducted during the 2014/2015 season. The crab season in the Bahamas is
8 months long. Each boat is capable of pulling approximately 500 traps
per day under ideal conditions. These two boats are capable of 1000 trap pulls per day.