if you were educated on the subject you would know better than to sign it !
commercial fishermen are not the entirely at fault , we all are !
when you see some one keeping and under or over slot fish and you do or say nothing your part of the problem too ! grow a pair and turn them in and say something to them !
now since the net ban nothing has changed fish stock are at the same level as they were , now for smart people that read what the lawsuit was about and not listen to the CCA , RFA, or any other conservation society propaganda that dont have the recreational fishermen interest at heart .
the whole lawsuit was to change a mesh size from 2 inch to 3 or 4 inch on current nets , so that the smaller juveniles could pass through the net and the bigger fish caught , which in turn would let the smaller fish have a chance to spawn and produce more fish for other seasons , but CCA and others have used photos that are 30 years or older from other states to prove there point , case in point the photo going around facebook with only red fish in it , photo was from 1991 and was from North Carolina from a red fish FARM ! yes they do raise red fish for fish markets , now that being said if you dont know what is caught in the nets by direct knowledge by seeing it for your self , the crap you read and hear from the conservation society's that there catching reds - trouts and so on is not as it seems
with gill nets they have to be tended , and that means has to be with in line of sight of the fishermen . usually less 50 yards or so if the gill netter is to be within the reg's and the law , yes there are a few unwanted fish that are trapped and with a legal and responseable netter he will check his net every 10 mins and release any unwanted fish such as reds and trout , now days with social media the commercial fishermen have a way to tell the truth that so many have turned a blind eye too .
there have been many photos posted from oct 26th to nov 6th of full boats of mullet and people filming them at boat ramps in the photos that were taken of them comeing in and picking there nets it was all mullet and not one net had any other type of fish than mullet ...
so take the time and learn whats going on before coming to a rash decision , CCA and other groups are not the savior they claim to be , they are the one's that put the stevens act back into effect that have put more and more regulation on what you can catch and when . while the government blows up billions of pounds of red snapper what does the CCA do !! humm they ask for a smaller season and less fish per angler ..
now that brings me to another point , have you ever seen the mexicans and the cubans and a few others that have these big azz cast nets with 2 inch mesh come out to where your fishing and keep ever thing that they catch in the net while throwing in front of where your fishing for sheepshead , black drum, red drum , snook , mangroves , ect ! thats the crap that really hurts the fishery , and these are the poachers that need to be turned in in for this , and as i rap this up heres a little FYI for you
recreational fishermen can only catch bait fish and red fish in a cast net , all other fish is illegal to keep , so next time you see a poacher turn him in and take a picture or video of him or her and there tag number and report them and do your part to protect the fishery , commercial fishermen have done more to protect it while there numbers are still in-decline that most groups that say commercial fishing is bad