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1 Comments by Cranky Bird


Great white shark confiscated by federal agents at Star Island Shark Tournament

If some people heard that a person had caught a great white, why didn't they call him, on the radio, and tell him to be sure to release it. If even one of them had done so, the man who caught it could be fined the maximum for what he did. Too many people don't get involved and that's why people get away with what doing illegal and stupid things.

Everyone above should consider, that in any contest, there are always new people. He may not have known much about this sort of thing. Maybe a fisherman took him along for business reasons. This happens in golf, why not fishing?

However, the person in charge of the boat he was on, had the final responsibility to tell him to let it go. If the man would not cut it free, the person in charge of the boat should have been required to call the authorities AND the people running the contest, to force him to release the great white.

SOLUTION:

The contest committee should add to the rules of the contest these rules;

The person in charge of one or more people participating in the contest, shall be required to keep a log for the duration of the contest.

The person in charge of one or more people participating in the contest MUST make a log entry consisting of, at a minimum, the following; the name of the person who caught the creature, date, time, location, kind of creature caught, how the matter was handled (cut free, died during release attempt, etc.) for each creature caught during the contest.

Should a person participating in the contest catch an illegal/inappropriate creature and refuse to cooperate and/or comply with the contest rules, the person in charge of the people participating in the contest, MUST call the contest committee person, in charge of the logs, and advise them of the situation.

The contest committee shall contact the person participating in the contest and advise them of their legal responsibility pertaining to the illegal/inappropriate creature caught.

Should the contest committee decide that a person participating in the contest has caught an illegal/inappropriate creature and is refusing to cooperate and/or comply with the contest rules and their legal responsibilities, the the contest committee, MUST call the appropriate authorities AND advise them of the situation.

The contest committee shall keep the logs (mentioned above), from the ships and boats participating during the contest and shall turn them over to the authorities if requested.

If there is no log entry, for a creature caught by a person participating in the contest, the person participating in the contest and all creatures caught by the person, shall be disqualified from the contest.

The captain and ship, that turns in a log that does not contain a log entry for each creature caught, shall be barred, for 3 years, from participating in the contest.

The person participating in the contest who caught the illegal creature, shall be barred from the contest, for not less than 5 years.

If the person participating in the contest who caught the illegal creature, shall be found legally guilty in a court of law, of knowingly catching an illegal creature, shall be barred from the contest, for not less than 10 years.


Taking these steps would stop 99.99999% of those who would try to do this kind of thing.

Will this happen? Probably not. The contest committee will want as much money as possible and won't care how many creatures are killed, maimed, etc. as long as they make a profit.

Sad isn't it?
" Aug 31, 10 8:53 PM