UPDATE: Gill Net Rules Protect Turtles And Fishing

The director of the state Division of Marine Fisheries says a settlement regarding the use of gill nets protects both gill net fishing and sea turtles.

The Daily News of Jacksonville reported that division director Louis Daniels said at a news conference Tuesday that gill net fishing could have ended had the issue gone to court instead of being settled last week.

The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center sued in February to protest the use of gill nets by coastal fishermen. The center said the nets ensnare and kill sea turtles.

New rules that went into effect last Saturday regulate the size and type of gill nets and the time frame when they can be deployed.


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  • by Swamp Thing Location: NC Coast on May 20, 2010 at 12:58 PM
    Snake Oil: You are so smart and know something about everything! Your should be King. And you must be rich because you spend all of your time posting such insightful comments and doing such thorough research that you don't have to earn a living.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on May 20, 2010 at 11:14 AM
    I would suggest some of you read this, if it is posted. I guess Swamp Thing and the Anonymous posters, both have wooden bicycles and caves! http://wtpotus.wordpress.com/2010/05/02/second-oil-rig-capsized-in-the-gulf/
  • by Swamp Thing Location: NC coast on May 20, 2010 at 08:01 AM
    Want to see what lax government oversight of natural resources looks like? Take a good look at the Gulf of Mexico today or just wait a few weeks and watch the tar balls wash up on our beaches!
  • by Anonymous on May 20, 2010 at 06:22 AM
    y'all are crazy and won't be happy until the earth is a barren toxic waste land that will provide nothing for anyone.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on May 20, 2010 at 05:45 AM
    Ozone and Ted, if they are trully supporting this move, then they should no ever eat seafood. The liberals, treehuggers, nodrills and turtlers, don't think this applies to "them". Why? They are special! Its like the oil spill, they don't want for us to drill off of NC, however, unless they ride wooden bicycles and live in a cave, it applies to them too. Of course, when gas goes up they cry foul to the oil companies, however, they just filled up their SUVs. Fisherman supply food, a basic essential. This is no more than biting the hand that feeds you. I support you!
  • by ted Location: jacksonville on May 20, 2010 at 05:24 AM
    I do not beleive the director of marine fisheries is doing the job of managing the best interest of the fishermen when he goes into an aggrement like this . I dont believe he has the backbone to fight that croud of turtle worshippers . The only thing this is going to do is drive more commercial fishermen out of business , which is what they are hoping it will do .To Ozone , I dont beleive the commercial fishermen have anyone to stand up for them here or Washington .
  • by Ozone Location: Belhaven on May 20, 2010 at 04:39 AM
    Yes 1 turtle in 17 years!!!
  • by ozone Location: Belhaven on May 20, 2010 at 04:39 AM
    Oh by the way I am a commercial fisherman who has fished nets for 17 years and I have caught 1 turtle which was released unharmed.
  • by Ozone Location: Belhaven on May 20, 2010 at 04:37 AM
    The turtles are officially more important than the livelihood of commercial fisherman. What the heck is this world coming 2. Our rights are being lost one step at a time. Wonder what type of people said that loss of sea turtle is more important than feeding your family. How absurd and sick.....
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