Fishermen: Save the bay – without the FWC

Published: Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 09:07 AM.

“Once you get the FWC in here they have legislative authority and you can open a can of worms you can’t close,” said Mark Moore.

Further, several fishermen wondered whether addressing boat scarring would even be a fix for the serious degrading of seagrass beds which has occurred over the past several years.

Some pointed directly to dispersant used by BP following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 while others noted the decline of seagrass across the region which has been identified by some experts as a “wasting disease.”

And one fisherman noted flooding which has occurred the past three years and the amount of chemicals, fertilizers and the like, which are brought into the bay from stormwater runoff.

“The grass is gone,” said Eckley Sanders. “Prop scars probably won’t matter. Over the last three years flood waters have been bringing all kind of chemicals into the bay.

Buddy Wood of Wood’s Fisheries blamed BP and dispersant, saying, “Half the grass in the bay is dead. Once you get the FWC in here you can’t stop (what they do).”

May countered that the fear should be an entity beyond the FWC, such as the Pew Foundation or the federal government which has severely limited fishing seasons that locals should be concerned about.



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