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October 2022    Download the Entire Issue (PDF) Vol. 37, No. 10   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
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Fishermen versus Divers Comes to a Head in Florida

charged with a felony for freeing fish

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Fisherman versus divers in Florida

Ghost fishing nets and discarded lines seriously threaten marine life throughout the world's oceans. Long-line fleets troll thousands of baited hooks on miles of fishing line that at times break free, littering the seas and forever attracting all manner of marine life, including turtles, sharks, and dolphins that get caught or entangled and die a slow death.

So, you and we find quite praiseworthy the deeds of Floridians John Moore, Jr., 56, and Tanner Mansell, 29, who were aboard Moore's shark diving charter vessel on August 10, 2020. Along with several passengers, they launched out of Jupiter Inlet for what was supposed to be a typical trip of snorkeling and scuba diving among lemon sharks and bull sharks....

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