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After Irma: Storms leave lobsters, stone crab seasons underwater

The Florida Keys have re-opened, but Capt. Billy Niles and his fellow lobster fishermen have to find their traps before they are really back in business. “We’re locating them, but it takes a while,” said Niles, a veteran of the Keys lobster trade for the past seven decades. “Some storms lose more than others.” Irma lost plenty of them. Or better said, the Keys lost plenty in Irma. In the lobster sector, said to be the Keys second most-important industry, the damage is underwater. click here to read the story 09:12

Results Are In for Public Survey on Goliath Grouper – News Bulletin From University of Florida IFAS and Florida Sea Grant, July 31, 2013

Among the survey results: Many commercial reef fishermen believe that goliath grouper negatively impact  ecosystems by decimating other fish populations. In addition, goliath interfere  with fishing operations and many commercial fishermen (43 percent of hook and  line, 87 percent of spear fishermen) have had to change where and how they fish  to reduce such interactions. More than 70 percent of commercial fishermen  surveyed would like to see the goliath-harvesting moratorium lifted. [email protected]