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Fisherman say rules are increasing seafood prices

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Updated: 7/22/2013 6:32 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Fresh seafood is a real treat living in northeast Florida, but fisherman warn Action News the prices you pay may be going up.

They claim state and federal regulations are limiting the number of fresh fish they can haul in.  That reduced supply, combined with a high demand will mean higher prices.

"Well you know there's so many different regulations," fishing boat Captain Sam Floyd told Action News.  Floyd said they deal with rules on what they can catch, how much they can catch, the size of fish they can catch, and even when in the year they can catch it.

State rules impact fisherman up to 3 miles off the coast, then they face federal regulations.

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council helps establish those regulations to manage and sustain marine life in the south Atlantic.

Floyd is concerned the rules go too far.  "It's never an intent to break the law but it just seems between the Coast Guard enforcement and the National Fishing Service, they're trying to put us out of business. They're trying to keep us from making a living," Floyd said.

The SAFMC is holding a public hearing August sixth at the Jacksonville Marriott as part of its process to determine regulations. 

The National Marine Fisheries Service says 91 percent of seafood sold in the United States is imported.
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