The eyewitness account stunned state wildlife officers: a 3-feet-high stack of grouper, piled as far a football field, on a Georgetown dock. Commercial spear fishing was stripping clean artificial reefs that were meant for recreational fishing, anglers claimed.
Two years later after The Post and Courier's 2009 report of the alleged abuses, a federal law has been put on the books to restrict to tight recreational bag limits the commercial harvest and possession of sought-after fish on more than 50 artificial reefs offshore.
One of the anglers who initially complained isn't satisfied. No commercial fishing should be allowed on reefs created for and paid by recreational fishermen, he said.
Read more in Saturday's editions of The Post and Courier.