ANNA MARIA, Fla. — Tensions are high between stone crab fishermen and residents shark fishing along the same beaches. After a recent assault charge, the city is stepping in before emotions boil over.
"My message is simple: leave my traps, leave my property alone," says Anthony Manali, Jr., a 46-year stone crab fisherman in Anna Maria.
Manali has trapped stone crabs along Anna Maria's shores for nearly 50 years. The crustacean makes up more than half his seafood market's annual revenue. This year he'll finish up 20 traps lighter, with dozens more being pulled ashore without his knowledge.
"The sheriffs office has been bringing them back to me. I appreciate that," he says. "You lose a trap, you lose $30, and the revenue that that trap is going to bring in."
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