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Is One Fish or a Million More Important Than One Child?

Updated on June 19, 2017

Fish or People

This was the poll for the week. I believe its time to get the sturgeon to be taken off the list .
This was the poll for the week. I believe its time to get the sturgeon to be taken off the list . | Source

Sturgeon

What are Sturgeon? They are a large fish, they are beautiful to look at and jump through the air. Here in Gilchrist County, Florida, you will find them where the Suwannee meets the Santa Fe River. I have never eaten one, but my fish book states they are the number one fish for best taste. I would guess some are 250 to 300 lbs.

If anyone remembers the Scott Peterson case it was the fish he was suppose to fish for. The experts proved him wrong because you could not catch a fish that size with a tiny hook. The expert also stated you would need a pound roast to catch one, that means a bigger hook.

About three weeks ago we had a 5 year old get killed by a sturgeon. A week latter we had more people get hurt. My husband and I came very close last year to getting pushed out of the boat, so we stayed away this year till sturgeon season is over. I honestly can not understand why we can not catch them and get them thinned out.

Sturgeon

A beautiful fish, but a dangerous one to watch out for on the river.
A beautiful fish, but a dangerous one to watch out for on the river. | Source
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Fractured

A woman was hit by a sturgeon that jumped at the Santa Fe River. The sturgeon caused the lady to suffer a fracture from the nose up. It is said the lady had to have a ten hour surgery.

The sturgeon are more common during the heat of the summer. The ones found on the Suwannee River where the 5 year old child was killed can be bigger than 200 pounds and 8 feet in length. The little girls mother, father, and brother were also injured.

The Ban On Sturgeon Fishing

Should The Ban On Sturgeon Fishing Be Lifted?

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Different Sturgeon

There are 25 species of sturgeon fish. Most of the fish feed off the bottom. The Sturgeon spawn upstream. Some like the ones by our house spawn in spring. They are considered to be endangered, threatened species.

This spieces supply Caviar from the eggs. Sturgeon are related to the paddlefish.The Sacramento sturgeon from the Pacific coast are the largest and can weigh up to 1800 pounds. Now, that is a good size fish.

People Should Come First

Conclusion


I believe the ban on the sturgeon fishing should be lifted in this part of Fl. I think we should be able to catch and eat them for awhile. I hope people vote and let me know what you think? People are so much important than a fish.

I myself, thoroughly admit I like watching these fish in the summer months. They jump so beautiful and you can see the muscular part of their body and see how strong they really are, but I would forgo that to save a child. I was in the boat when one nearly jumped in the boat and I almost fell out. You will hear a snapping sound a split second before they jump out of the water. If they do not lift the ban and it could go either way, I would make some personal changes.

I know that if it would have been my child that got killed I would like the ban lifted and let people keep the fish and thin some of them out. What has happened to the safety of people first?

Leaping Sturgeon

Tips for Safety during Sturgeon Season

* do not bring small children on the river

` make sure everyone wears life jackets

` if you must fish, be on the lookout

` better to fish on the bank

The Santa Fe River

This is an unusual river because it disappears in some spots and goes underground.
This is an unusual river because it disappears in some spots and goes underground. | Source

Suwannee River Bell Florida

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The Suwannee river and the Santa Fe River meet near Bell.

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    stella vadakin 22 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    Mihnea, I believe that there are so many of these fish the ban should be lifted and let the fishermen catch some fish. This part of the river is full. This has been a problem since 2004, a long time. Sad story, and one that we will hear again in 2016.

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    Mihnea-Andrei Andreescu 22 months ago from Tilburg

    I know that this is a bit off-topic.I do not want to offend anyone but I think that it has become very common for liberal/democrat leaders to care more about the environment (global warming issue included) than about people.I myself am a conservative and I see the importance of preserving the natural balance and food chain but when people get hurt and die something must be done about it.I think that it is OK to fish a part of the sturgeon population without entirely wiping it out.

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    Mihnea-Andrei Andreescu 22 months ago from Tilburg

    Those guys are big.We have some really nasty luces here in Romania,too but they never killed anyone,just bit a few fishermen.

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    stella vadakin 2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    RTalloni, Thanks for commenting and reading my hub. Your input is always appreciated. Yes, I think the public needs to be more aware what is going on at the river. Thanks Stella

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    RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

    Highlighting the danger and the issues is important. In being good stewards of creation we need to examine the concerns from every angle and implement solutions that balance all the needs. Sounds quite wise doesn't it? But it is not a real answer to this concern, is it? Bottom line for my comment is that I do agree with you that people are more important than fish. Informing people before they go on the water of the danger is the very least that should be done, but the law may indeed need to be changed. Overpopulation of these fish could be a big problem. Since they are bottom feeders I wonder if they are as healthy as they are tasty.

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    stella vadakin 2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    Nell, Thanks for the comments and the visit. We have had several other people hurt at this same spot. If I had small children I would not take them in the boat. The water will soon start to cool and they will be gone come fall. Stella

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    Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

    Hi, I often watch fishing programs as my partner loves fishing, and I have seen these monster fish as we call them, and yes they are dangerous aren't they? luckily over here in England we don't have huge fish apart from pike, or maybe I am wrong, not sure, but yes there should be a cull on them purely because of the danger, nell

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    stella vadakin 2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    Pastraubie48, if you look into this about the sturgeon you will see many other accidents from last year on the same spot. I love watching from the bank. I have the choice and do not let my small granddaughters on the river. They can go when it gets cooler. There are plenty of sturgeon. Thanks for the comments. God Bless, and hope it is going good.

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    Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

    Living in Florida I am familiar with the incidents of which you speak. And I agree with you that ANY person, child or adult, is more valuable that a fish. However, I am not an authority on this fish so will need to research it in depth to determine why the ban exists.

    For even one more creature to become extinct would be a tragedy. As I mention, I do not know the reasoning behind this decision;

    Perhaps we humans should stay clear of the waters they inhabit...just thinking. We have a choice about where we go.

    Thanks for sharing this...off to read more. I love it when a hub causes me to do that.

    HOping all is well with you and yours. Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

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    stella vadakin 2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    suhail, thank you for your comment. We have had so many accidents from these fish.

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    Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 2 years ago from Mississauga, ON

    Thanks for information on a fish that I like. I would not like to be hit by a flying one though :-)

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    Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

    Wow, this was interesting stuff. I never knew that sturgeons were a hazard to humans. Great hub!

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    stella vadakin 2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    suzettenaples, Thanks for the comments and yes, these fish have injured many.

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    Suzette Walker 2 years ago from Taos, NM

    I agree, human beings should come before animals and fish. I had no idea sturgeons could be so dangerous and I am glad I read this article.

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    stella vadakin 2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    Thanks for the comment and the visit. There have been many others injured at the river. They are amazing to watch from banks of the river. I will not watch from a boat anymore.

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    Charito Maranan-Montecillo 2 years ago from Manila, Philippines

    I didn't realize that a sturgeon could kill! I thought only sharks and piranhas were dangerous.

    If I were an official in your area, I would prohibit sturgeon fishing if more people die like that 5-year-old child.

    This is an interesting feature, Ms. Stella.