Judge lifts stay on net fishing

The Leon County circuit court judge who ruled against the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) last week over its regulations enforcing the 1994 net ban amendment, sided with the litigants in the case a second time Wednesday, lifting a stay which automatically put her order, compelling FWC to cease enforcing the ban, on hold when agency officials appealed her original decision.

In her decision Tuesday, Oct. 22, Judge Jackie Fulford of the Second Judicial Circuit, enjoined FWC from enforcing the net ban amendment and adopting rules regulating marine life with respect to the use of a “gill net” or an “entangling net.”

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