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Florida fishing guides say red snapper rules hurt business

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Some Florida fishing guides say they’re being crowded out of their preferred waters by a fish they can’t keep. Many commercial and recreational fishermen in northeast Florida and throughout the south Atlantic say they’re seeing a banner year for red snapper – adding to their skepticism of data supporting federal regulations for the fish. “There are places I don’t even fish anymore,” said Capt. Robert Johnson, a long-time fishing guide in St. Augustine who has been involved in the fishery…

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NY Times: In Florida, the seafood becomes less local

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The postcard Florida experience: sun, fun and plenty of local seafood. It was the latter that brought Gary and Vicki Haller from Kansas to Wahoo’s here last week, with its waterfront views, toucan colors and promise of fresh food “from our docks.” Managers at Wahoo’s in Islamorada, Fla., said that imported seafood was appropriately labeled “local” on the menu because it was supplied by a nearby distributor. “We live in cow country,” Mr. Haller said. “Here we eat fish.” But…

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