Back in 1994, Floridians voted overwhelming in favor of a constitutional amendment outlawing most types of commercial net fishing in state waters. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has done a good job stopping poachers, thanks in part to alert anglers and boaters who raise the alarm when illegal activity is taking place in local waters.
So it is now wonder that boaters, fishermen and even some beach goers seemed a bit perplexed in recent weeks when they spotted what appeared to be a 75-foot commercial fishing boat netting fish between Jacksonville Beach and Cape Canaveral. …