National Fisherman

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The 1st District Court of Appeal on Monday upheld the state's long-disputed, voter-approved "net ban." The court reversed a ruling by Leon County Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford, who sided last year with the Wakulla Fishermen's Association, a bait-shop owner and two mullet fishermen.
The plaintiffs argued the 1994 constitutional amendment that places strict limits on commercial fishing nets is being improperly applied by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. However, the appeals court asserted that the issue of the ban has been settled through repeated rulings in prior litigation and that Fulford's ruling "however well-intentioned it might have been, was erroneous."
The plaintiffs argued that the mesh size of the nets they are required to use forces mullet fishermen to kill vast quantities of juvenile fish, violating the purpose of the amendment.
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Inside the Industry

NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.


Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.

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