Supreme Court Upholds Florida's Net Ban
The latest challenge of The Supreme Court of Florida was facing the gillnetters who won a sympathetic circuit court ruling in 2013 that allowed them to reintroduce destructive gill nets into Florida waters. Wakulla Fishermen’s Association tried to take down the state’s net ban amendment, approved by 72% of voters back in 1994, through a petition that has been denied by The Supreme Court of Florida.
Fortunately, the marine life of Florida’s waters will continue to stay safe under the protection of the constitutional amendment. After the CCA Florida Chairman, Bill Camp’s words: " We have been down this road many times and there is no doubt the gillnetters will try again, but CCA stands ready to protect our fisheries and to make sure gill nets remain a part of Florida's past, not our future."
The most impressive improvement in bait and forage fish populations took place in 1994 once with the net amendment, which brought to life a powerful recovery in red drum, speckled trout and other species which actually determine a billion-dollar recreational industry. It’s not the first time the amendment is challenged since many disgruntled industrial harvesters tried to undo all that has been achieved in order to raise their profits and not even look at the natural damage they could cause through so called ‘old school methods’.
Therefore, we can only be glad that the Florida state’s jurisdiction stays independent and protects the marine life, despite the numbers of challenges the gillnetters brought upon it and will continue to, at least we know for sure that we can have faith in the CCA Florida to protect it.