Skip to comments.Area fishermen need relief from federal regulations
Posted on 05/05/2012 6:50:07 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
Fishermen in the Daytona Beach area and throughout the South Atlantic region may get relief soon from the federal government.
But the fishermen won't be asking for a federal bailout.
Instead, they will simply be hoping for an easing of federal regulations that do not allow the taking of red snapper in the southern portion of U.S. Atlantic waters.
The restriction, which came in early 2010, has hurt Florida fishermen and tamped down tourism-related economic activity in the Daytona Beach and Flagler County areas.
In 2010, commercial fishing trips out of Volusia County were down 49 percent from 2000 numbers. The number of registered boats in Volusia County was down 22 percent from 2000 registrations.
Those are solid measurements of how much the double whammy of the recession and the red snapper ban has hurt Volusia County. Yet the science on measuring how many red snapper are swimming in the ocean is not as exact. Some of the rationale for the ban is based upon computer models that have been called into question by critics.
Florida's U.S. senators, Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson, and U.S. Rep. John Mica, R-Winter Park, all believe that federal decision-making has been driven by inexact science. And yet, since January 2010, the federal government, in an effort to prevent overfishing, has not allowed red snapper to be caught in south Atlantic Ocean waters.
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I’d like to see a compiled list of jobs zero has destroyed...it would me a devastating number.
Tons of red snapper out there..
Ignore the regulations.
I’m a Daytona Beach girl, slightly older now. I guess it was when I was a senior (Class of 57), that we would pile in a car and drive down the beach to the inlet about 4:30 or 5:00 to watch the charter fishing boats come back in for the day. If the tide was right, thered be a bunch of cars parked down there to watch the parade of boats coming in. The boats would come in all together, with the most experienced skipper leading them single-file. There wasnt a real channel through the inlet because the sand bottom would keep shifting around with the tides and winds and currents. The inlet was tricky to navigate for sure. However, if youve been on the water for a while, and were observant, you got to where you could read the water and know where it was shallow or deep you didnt need channel markers. The seagulls and pelicans would follow the boats back in to the docks, dive down and scarf up the old leftover bait and trash fish that the crew threw overboard while cleaning up the boats as they came in. The seagulls could catch it in the air before it hit the water. Wed wave to the boats as they passed by, and honked at our favorites. Theyd wave and blow their horn and maybe ring their bell.