To this day, 1/13/2009, the FWC (EXCLUDING COMMISSIONER BARCO AND EX MIAMI DOLPHIN FOOTBALL STAR DWIGHT STEPHENSON) STILL treat the minority consumer and commercial fishermen as Irrelevant Citizens
Despite the Florida constitutiona Amendment's 1st line... (a) "The marine resources of the State of Florida belong to all of the people of the state and should be conserved and managed for the benefit of the state, its people, and future generations."
The Florida Constitution: SECTION 16. Limiting Marine Net Fishing.--
(a) "The marine resources of the State of Florida belong to all of the people of the state and should be conserved and managed for the benefit of the state, its people, and future generations."
370.025 Marine fisheries; policy and standards.--
(1) The Legislature hereby declares the policy of the state to be management and preservation of its renewable marine fishery resources, based upon the best available information, emphasizing protection and enhancement of the marine and estuarine environment in such a manner as to provide for optimum sustained benefits and use to all the people of this state for present and future generations.
b) Conservation and management measures shall be based upon the best information available, including biological, sociological, economic, and other information deemed relevant by the commission.
g) Conservation and management decisions shall be fair and equitable to all the people of this state and carried out in such a manner that no individual, corporation, or entity acquires an excessive share of such privileges.
For over seven years, the Marine Fisheries Commission and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have considered minorities, the poor, and the consumer "irrelevant" in their rule making procedures. The problem first began in 1997 when Administrative Law Judge Davis declared information sought by interrogatories dealing with minorities, the poor, and consumers "irrelevant." (See the news clipping above) Since then, the MFC and FWC have apparently decided the "irrelevant" decision in 1997 gives them the ability to ignore the Florida Constitution and the Florida Statutes of 370.025 on ANY decision. This is a short version of how the 2" stretch mesh rule for seines became law. This rule has adversely affected citizens, the economy, and the resource. We firmly disagree with this policy of prejudice.
The FWC uses their claim of "autonomy" to arbitrarily and capriciously pass rules without obeying laws, the Florida Constitution, and the U.S. Constitution. The Constitution states there are three branches of government, not a fourth without checks and balances as the FWC claims to be. If we don't remove this illegal form of government's unchecked power, it will set a dangerous precedent for ALL other forms of government. We hope you will join us and fight to protect your rights, your children's future rights, and the rights of ALL Americans.
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