Monday, February 1, 2010

Bay County Commission to Vote on Fishery Resolution

Bay County commissioners will approve or reject a resolution urging Florida's congressional delegation to push for funding to improve the National Marine Fisheries' data collection process.

The money would be earmarked for a new, full-blown stock assessment of each Gulf Coast species managed by the fisheries.

Local anglers have argued the National Marine Fisheries data process is flawed and it is having a negative effect on coastal communities.

Fishermen say the closure of red snapper and amberjack seasons last year hurt the local economy.

The commission will take up that resolution during its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday.


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