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February 08, 2006

Circuit Judge Upholds FWC Rules

Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission Wins Again as Court Rejects Lawsuit Filed by Commercial Netting Interests

On February 3, Leon County Circuit Judge Janet E. Ferris ruled that the FWC regulations implementing the ban on gillnets "are a valid exercise of the Commission's constitutionally delegated authority and that there is a rational basis for their provisions." The lawsuit filed by the Wakulla Commercial Fisherman's Association and Ronald Fred Crum once again tried to invalidate the measures which require seine nets to have a net mesh size of 2 inches or less. The net fishers want to use 3 inches or greater which would be used as a gillnet.

The same issue has been litigated by the same group several times before with similar results.