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Net Ban Fight Rehashed In Appeals Court

May 23, 2014
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A 20-year-long battle between commercial anglers and environmentalists in Florida is once again back in court. State attorneys are trying to reverse a lower court’s decision to repeal the state’s ban on certain types of gill nets.

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For two decades commercial fishermen and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have battled over rules regulating the size of holes on fishing nets. Fishermen say smaller mesh decimates fish populations, while FWC officials say it’s the larger mesh that does the real harm. But, one scientist says both parties are guilty of telling fish stories.