NovaScotia: Fishing is good, business is rough

BAYFIELD — Brendan Doyle has a few hundred square yards of bottom to call his own. For nine years, every dollar he’s hauled aboard the Dethadol, Gaelic for “What’s goin’ on,” has gone to pay for his boat and licence. Meanwhile, Doyle is paying $25,000 a year on his licence and another $10,000 annually for his boat. Then there’s $10,000 during his two-month season for bait, $4,500 for fuel and $14,000 for crew. His big diesel motor is 7,400 hours into an estimated life expectancy of 10,000 hours — it’ll cost $45,000 to replace. Then there’s licensing fees, wharf fees and a thousand other costs that pile up. continued

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