Environmentalists attack Florida commercial shrimping

A Florida environmentalist group is suing the federal government over the deaths of sea turtles alleged to be protected species that have been caught up in nets used for commercial shrimping. The St. Augustine Record states the group alleges that regulators purposely ignored rules related to sea turtles and that a report the National Marine Fisheries Service issued ignored several important factors related to the scale of shrimping and how much it would affect sea turtle populations.

The Record also further reports that commercial ships are required to have nets equipped with devices that will prevent turtles from being caught in the nets and compliance with the federal rule was estimated by the National Marine Fisheries Service to be at 84 percent despite compliance varying at times. Turtles that do not escape the nets if relatively low and the local shrimp trade association is hosting classes on how to improve the excluders.

None the less, environmentalists are not satisfied and are demanding perfection for perfection’s sake. Insisting that turtles remain unharmed by shrimp fishing which, in reality means, they seek to shut down all shrimping operations despite the rate of turtles escaping shrimping nets is very high. Another instance of environmentalists seeking not only to drive people out of work but to reduce a food source that people like to include in their diets.