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Recent turmoil over Florida's gillnet ban likely will reach state fishery managers at a meeting this week in Weston in Broward County.
 
The agenda of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission doesn't include gillnets, but Bill Kelly, chief executive of the Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen's Association, said he plans to seek a meeting with FWC staff.
 
Florida's ban on large gillnets used to catch mullet and other species was approved by public referendum nearly two decades ago.
 
Earlier this month, a lawsuit filed by North Florida fishermen caused a Circuit Court judge in Tallahassee to lift rules imposed after the referendum.
 
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The American Fisheries Society is honoring recently retired Florida Institute of Oceanography director Bill Hogarth with the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award — one of the nation's premier awards in fisheries science - in recognition of his long career and leadership in preserving some of the world's most threatened species, advocating for environmental protections and leading Florida's scientific response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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The Marine Stewardship Council has appointed Eric Critchlow as the new U.S. Program Director. Critchlow will be based in the MSC US headquarters in Seattle. He is a former vice president of Lusamerica Foods and has over 35 years in the seafood industry.

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