Fishermen: Save the bay – without the FWC

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

“We all want conservation,” said Commissioner Phil McCroan. “We are in favor of education. We should start in-house with these men and women that make their living on the bay.”

The common theme among the fishermen was education before writing fines. And another place to start was marking the channel, which would require no small amount of dollars.

“They want something done but they don’t want to deal with the law,” said Commissioner William Thursbay.

May argued that carrots were fine but what was also needed was a stick in the form of enforcement. He said education would only work with the addition of monetary motivation for boaters to protect the bay.

And Commissioner Rex Buzzett defended May and his efforts.

“This is a serious problem and you all know we have a problem out there,” Buzzett said. “We’ve got to do something. His suggestion is we are going to get serious about it.

“We need to let somebody do something. We don’t need to sit around and just talk about it and do nothing.”

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