Sport Fishermen Challenge Grouper Ban

By: Assocaited Press
By: Assocaited Press

Tampa, FL (AP) - A sport fishermen's group is asking a federal
judge to block a six-month ban on gag grouper fishing in the Gulf
of Mexico imposed by the U.S. government.

The Fishing Rights Alliance filed a lawsuit in federal court in
Tampa on Monday to stop the action by the National Marine Fisheries
Service. The six-month ban is scheduled to begin Jan. 1 and could
be extended to a year if necessary.

The federal agency charged with managing fisheries says the ban
is necessary to bolster the population of the gag grouper, which is
valued for its white, flaky meat.

The lawsuit says the agency's data is faulty and the ban is
unnecessary.

The commercial quota for the gag grouper has also been reduced.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by ETurnage Location: Tallahassee on Dec 16, 2010 at 09:35 PM
    Over regulated. Remember this is based on a federal fisheries study and anything our government doe's is always open to debate and doubt.
  • by Shane Location: Monticello on Dec 14, 2010 at 08:21 PM
    Let a fisherman catch 3 gags, no matter the size, to eat for dinner. Many of those just under the legal size limit die after you throw them back.
  • by The Original Bob Location: Perry on Dec 14, 2010 at 05:12 PM
    Yet another assault on our freedom, not to mention just what the boat dealers need in midst of the second worst depression (so far) in this country's history. Who in their right mind will invest in a high dollar offshore rig to go nowhere in. These bureaucrats who do not answer to the voters, are killing us. They must go.
  • by J Location: Wakulla on Dec 14, 2010 at 04:20 PM
    yeah i bet, don't comment unless you know what you're talking about. sport fisherman are not the problem, commerical are. so hold your tongue until you get your facts straight.
  • by yeah, i bet on Dec 14, 2010 at 03:01 PM
    Catch them until they are all gone... then what are you going to do?
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