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  • ANUMBER1ANUMBER1 Posts: 12,401 AG
    surfman said:
    I fish Steinhatchee shallows a lot and I see at least a dozen sea turtles every time I go, even during scallop season, that "study" seems questionable at best to me, not to mention a total waste of money.

    GL. more regulations and the desire to kick us off the water is why they do studies like that one

    Gotta use up that grant money....and turtles are a sure fire way of getting more........I used to ask. but gave up..." If the sea turtles multiplied 100 fold , and they were everywhere, do you think they would open a turtle season again ?''.........most never answered, just an evil look. 
    lol, I like your way of thinking..
    I am glad to only be a bird hunter with bird dogs...being a shooter or dog handler or whatever other niche exists to separate appears to generate far too much about which to worry.
  • relicshunterrelicshunter Posts: 605 Officer
    I have seen many sea turtles while scalloping, and seen more then usual this year while fishing. Maybe just maybe catching them and putting the sensors on them freaks them out enough to leave the area. Not the scallopers but the researchers doing it
  • lemaymiamilemaymiami Posts: 4,450 Captain
    Lots and lots of turtles along the Gulf coast of the 'Glades in every size range - the rivers from the Little Shark northwards are just full of them (and, of course, any place with lots of turtles will have some tiger sharks close by...).  As much as I used to enjoy being able to order green turtle cutlets all those years ago (1970's Sid & Roxie's Green Turtle Inn...)  I won't complain if they never remove the protections for them... Every now and then we hook one then very carefully un-hook it and send it on it's way (and if it's got other hooks, the pliers won't go away until the critter is cleaned up... ).  Just something about a world that still has animals in it that were around long, long before we were....

    I know that regulators have made turtles an issue, and been more than a bit hard on commercials who are just trying to earn a living.  That whole grant scene is something out of a movie script... Scientists (or just wannabees...) get to propose a study or course of action to the appropriate government agency (sometimes on their own hook - other times responding to specific requests by one agency or other...) and only get funded after review (or someone powerful's thumb on the scale.... politics - who'd a thunk it? ).  I've participated in two such propositions both from Mote Marine and when that grant money dried up - that was the end of that... Sometimes for better others for worse.   And so it goes (Vonnegut)...
    Tight Lines
    Bob LeMay
    (954) 435-5666
  • surfmansurfman WC FLPosts: 6,008 Admiral
    I've never had turtle but, would try it if it was available, that being said, I guess I can certainly live without it. I've never had manatee either and again I guess I could live without it. Then again I've never had elephant either and if I went to Africa and it was on the menu, I would get it and try it out but, again, I could live without it.
    Tight Lines, Steve
    My posts are my opinion only.

    Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for.  Will Rogers
  • saltyseniorsaltysenior Posts: 868 Officer
    grant money drying up ....... I witness oysters shells being placed in Maryland and Florida....Fish Balls in the Indian River.....all were big buck$$$$ projects...once they were done and the money was spent , end of project........Information on the success or the  monitoring of these projects is non-exiting....just send us more $$$ and we will start another ''sounds and looks good'' project.
  • ANUMBER1ANUMBER1 Posts: 12,401 AG
    surfman said:
    I've never had turtle but, would try it if it was available, that being said, I guess I can certainly live without it. I've never had manatee either and again I guess I could live without it. Then again I've never had elephant either and if I went to Africa and it was on the menu, I would get it and try it out but, again, I could live without it.
    Green turtle is pretty tasty, loggerhead is not.
    I am glad to only be a bird hunter with bird dogs...being a shooter or dog handler or whatever other niche exists to separate appears to generate far too much about which to worry.
  • conchydongconchydong Pompano BeachPosts: 10,534 AG
    Greens are mostly vegetarians, Hawksbills eat sponge and Loggerheads eat anything but mostly Jellyfish. That is why Greens are the best eating. I miss eating them. Last time I had it was in the Caymans bit they don't cook them like the Conchs did. We used to strike them with grains or net them.

    “Everyone behaves badly--given the chance.”
    ― Ernest Hemingway

  • saltyseniorsaltysenior Posts: 868 Officer
    ANUMBER1 said:
    surfman said:
    I've never had turtle but, would try it if it was available, that being said, I guess I can certainly live without it. I've never had manatee either and again I guess I could live without it. Then again I've never had elephant either and if I went to Africa and it was on the menu, I would get it and try it out but, again, I could live without it.
    Green turtle is pretty tasty, loggerhead is not.
    loggerhead thin steaks, pound, dredged in flour and Old bay , hot, fast, fry................................I can still taste it.
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