Like a lot of Floridians weary of warm weather, the local fishing industry is praying for a little cool.
But for the people who catch them, the businesses that sell them and for those planning to expand Southwest Florida's mullet fishery into a sustainable industry, the record-setting warm winter is a much bigger issue than not being able to wear a favorite sweater or trade sandals for boots.
This time last year, the A.P. Bell Fish Co. in Cortez was awash in the collective catch of striped mullet, with president Karen Bell ordering more ice to keep the fish fresh and wondering what she was going to do with them all.
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