Anglers protest fishery rules

Posted on February 25, 2010 by TIMOTHY O'HARA, Florida Keys News

Recreational and commercial fishermen from the Florida Keys to Alaska marched on the Capitol in Washington, D.C., Wednesday to demand changes to federal fishery laws.

They called for greater flexibility and asked lawmakers to take into account financial impacts when imposing fishing regulations, especially seasonal closures. Rules currently use arbitrary timelines for rebuilding fisheries, often resulting in unnecessary fishing bans and closures that cripple coastal economies, the fishermen said.

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