FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: Ted Forsgren
November 6, 2013 (407)702-3567
FIRST DISTRICT COURT OF APPEALS RULES
TO REINSTATE THE STAY AND TAKE GILL NETS BACK OUT OF THE WATER
Late this afternoon the First District Court of Appeals (1st DCA) ruled in favor of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and reinstated the automatic stay that was ordered to be removed by Judge Fulford late last week. The removal of the stay by Judge Fulford allowed commercial netters to wage an assault on our fisheries for almost a week. Commercial netters flocked to Florida from Louisiana, Georgia, Alabama and North Carolina to participate in the gill net assault on Florida’s fisheries.
BY ORDER OF THE COURT:
The appellant’s motion for reinstatement of automatic stay filed October 31, 2013, is granted, and the automatic stay imposed by Florida Rule of Appellate Procedure 9.310(b)(2) is hereby reinstated.
The appellees’ motion for certification filed October 23, 2013, is denied
CCA Florida applauds the FWC for standing up to Judge Fulford’s outrageous ruling and for their efforts to protect Florida’s fisheries from gill nets. Attorney General Pam Bondi and attorney Jonathan Glogau deserve our highest commendation for their strong legal work in quickly stopping the slaughter.
“This ruling is a step in the right direction but the fight is far from over. There is a much larger battle ahead. We need to stay focused on this issue and make sure it is put to bed once and for all” said CCA Florida Chairman, Jim Williams. CCA has filed in Florida’s 1st DCA on the side of the FWC to ask the appellate court to reverse Judge Jackie Lee Fulford’s order allowing gill netting in state waters. CCA Florida’s Chairman reiterated that, “we will spend every penny necessary to protect the constitutional ban on gill netting”.
Now that gill nets are out of Florida’s waters, our attorneys can focus on reversing Judge Fulford’s original order. There will be months of legal maneuvering but, CCA will not rest so long as illegal netting is taking place in Florida’s waters.
Florida’s recreational anglers are dedicated to protecting Florida’s marine resources and CCA Florida urges everyone to take a moment to contact your state representatives and senators to voice your concerns to ensure that gill nets never make it back in Florida waters.
Contribute to the CCA Florida Gill Net Legal Defense at www.ccaflorida.org
Sign our petition at www.yousign.org/en/netbanpetition
Join CCA Florida today at www.joinccaflorida.org