Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Bay County Approves Fisheries Resolution

Local anglers claim the region's economy has taken a hit because the National Marine Fisheries Service is using flawed data in making stock assessments.

They believe decisions to close red snapper and amberjack seasons last year were based on an inadequate collection process.

Tuesday, commissioners passed a resolution urging the fisheries service to re-examine the process and relax some regulations.

Bay County commissioner Mike Thomas said, "The restrictions are so tight. People know we need restrictions to take care of that but we just want to make sure that the information that they're using to make their decisions is appropriate, gathered and used properly."

The resolution will be sent to the Florida congressional delegation.


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