Since the nets supported by HB 741 & SB 1178 are Constitutionally Legal, here are your choices in a nutshell.
Choice A: Supported by Fishing For Freedom
Support of the HB 741 & SB 1178 condones fishing with nets that have less than a 5 by-catch* rate, allowing all juvenile fish to escape unharmed. Nets supported by these Bills catch only marketable size fish that have had a chance to reproduce.
Choice B: Supported by some CCA Members
Voting to deny HB 741 & SB 1178 condones fishing with nets that have a by-catch* rate near 90, resulting in only 10 of the fish being of marketable size. Most juvenile fish caught in these nets are destroyed, leaving few to ever reach an age of reproduction.
* By-Catch Rate is the percentage of marine life that is considered waste or unnecessarily killed.
* The stated “purpose” of the Limited Net Fishing Act was to prevent “overfishing,” “unnecessary killing” and “waste” of Florida’s marine resource.