Commercial Fishermen Upset Over New Regulation

Commercial fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico are upset over a new regulation that requires them to install vessel monitoring systems which allow authorities to know their location.

The Associated Press reports commercial fishermen with permits in the Gulf will be required to install the satellite-based system on their boats.

Fishermen face fines or permit loss if the system isn't installed in time. The monitoring system helps regulators enforce rules for closed areas, protect natural habitats, and manage commercial fisheries like grouper and snapper, but many fishermen say the system is too expensive and violates their privacy.

The federal rules become effective on December 7.