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.