RIMOUSKI – Despite the crisis of the COVID-19, which shakes the entire province, the crab harvesters in eastern Québec that took off Wednesday morning for the start of the season.
In order to comply with new government guidelines, the captains of the boats have consulted the CNESST to put in place hygiene measures additional to edge so that the first crabs of the season will be available on Thursday.
For example, the boats will have more water tanks and the quantities of soap will be increased to allow fishermen to wash their hands more frequently.
To limit the risk of contamination, some captains require their deckhands to cohabit in order to reduce the external contacts.
What a tough choice
Some owners of shop are not willing to sacrifice everything to go fishing for crab.
Considered as a luxury product, the crab will not be in the breeding grounds of all outlets. “I don’t want to take the risk to put my fish in quarantine. I’d rather lose my crab,” said the fisherman Marc Doucet, in an interview with TVA News.
If other products are available in his trade, Mr. Doucet doesn’t want to take risk by sending its employees off. “I’m afraid of it, he confided. I don’t want to put my fish in trouble. I think of our seniors and to my employees […] I’d rather not take the chance.”
Many merchants have put in place alternatives to enable their customers to get the crab without having to move. Some offer the possibility to order the product online and home delivery.