Florida Long­line Threat Halted

A fed­er­ally per­mit­ted long­line re­search project that threat­ened sword­fish, sharks, tur­tles and other ma­rine species off Florida’s east coast is de­funct.

Saltwater Sportsman - - Editorial -

Less than two months af­ter NOAA Fish­eries an­nounced the is­suance of a con­tro­ver­sial ex­empted fish­ing per­mit al­low­ing Dr. David Ker­stet­ter, an as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor at Nova South­east­ern Univer­sity, to con­duct longlin­ing in the name of re­search in the East Florida Coast closed area, Nova has brought said re­search project to a halt.

In a re­cent let­ter to Dr. Ge­orge L. Han­bury II, pres­i­dent of Nova South­east­ern Univer­sity, The Bill­fish Foun­da­tion brought to his at­ten­tion the threat that longlin­ing in the closed zone posed to bill­fish, sharks and other ma­rine life, plus the neg­a­tive im­pact it would also have on the rep­u­ta­tion of the univer­sity, which has gar­nered high ac­claim for its re­search and its com­mu­nity en­gage­ment.

Soon af­ter, TBF re­ceived a message from Dr. Richard Dodge, a re­spected sci­en­tist at Nova, stat­ing that the univer­sity would not con­tinue the pelagic long­line re­search.

In a re­cent press re­lease, TBF ap­plauded the de­ci­sion. “Our re­spect for Nova Univer­sity and its pres­i­dent is re­in­forced with this de­ci­sion; Dr. Han­bury con­tin­ues to ad­here to high stan­dards in science and com­mu­nity re­la­tions,” stated TBF Pres­i­dent Ellen Peel.

BROADBILL: Lat­est long­line men­ace is aborted, bod­ing well for Florida swords.

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