Snapper and grouper fishermen in the Keys don’t want proposed vessel monitoring systems, likening them to ‘an ankle bracelet.’

Miami Herald – Keys commercial fishers unanimously opposed mandatory satellite tracking while fishing for snapper and grouper in the South Atlantic at a meeting Wednesday in Key Largo. Key West fisherman Daniel Padron likened the VMS proposal to being under house arrest. “I have done no criminal action in Southeast Florida and I don’t deserve an ankle bracelet,” Padron said. “When the bad guys are caught, slap a VMS on their boat.” “You need to put your efforts into monitoring the recreational sector,” Stieglitz said. “You can’t run a fishery on just what the commercial fishermen are doing. You have no idea what recreational fishermen are doing.” continued

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