SOUTHWEST FLORIDA - Some fishermen are stuck to their docks instead of sailing the open seas.
They said the government shutdown is keeping them from renewing their federal fishing permits.
Captain Casey Streeter owns a boat and restaurant, Island Seafood in Matlatcha.
His federal fishing permit for this boat expires on January 31. Federal fishing permits allow fisherman to catch certain species nine miles or more offshore.
He has to renew his permit through NOAA, but because it's a government agency, permits are not getting processed during the shutdown.
Fishermen said it usually takes NOAA four to six weeks to process federal fishing permits. Now the process will take even longer because of the shutdown.
Streeter is speaking to Lee County about the fisheries on Tuesday in hopes of making some change.
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