Longliners allowed back into conservation zone
A great marine conservation victory has been put in jeopardy by a highly controversial plan to reintroduce indiscriminate longlines into areas that have been closed to the damaging gear for decades.
In spite of the recreational angling community's united opposition, the federal Office of Highly Migratory Species has announced that a fleet of six longliners will be allowed into the conservation zones off Florida's east coast. Utilizing the federal exempted fishing permit program, a single company based on the east coast of Florida will be allowed to drop thousands of longline hooks inside Florida's East Coast Closed Zone targeting billfish and other species.
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