Illegal commercial fishing to blame for dead mullet on Anna Maria Island beaches, officials say

Some initially blamed red tide, but county officials said nearly all the fish were white roe mullet, which points to another culprit: commercial fishermen illegally throwing dead fish back into the Gulf. “The fishermen who have been here for generations, who do this for a living don’t do this. It’s the people who are plumbers, landscapers and others who have other jobs and they come here and rape and pillage our waters during the season,”  Read the rest here 09:08