Jackie Fulford

FWC: Fish Dumped At Tyndall Not A Coincidence

Dec 16, 2013

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is reaching out to Bay County residents for information about a recent fish dumping at a boat ramp on Tyndall Air Force Base. FWC officials say the more than 100 pounds of dead fish were caught with illegal gill nets.

R.Benk / WFSU-News

In order to prevent overharvesting, Florida voters in 1994 ratified a constitutional ban on what’s called a gill net, which catches fish by entangling their gills in the net’s mesh. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which was put in charge of creating the rules to implement the amendment, also stipulated that mullet fishermen could only use nets whose holes were no larger than 2-inches in size, prompting two decades of court battles. After a year of deliberating, Leon County Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford ruled in favor of commercial fishermen last week.