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Old 12-04-2003, 05:11 PM   #16
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are you in the US?

maybe the DOT (department of transportation - national and state level) can help you. Did you check the web?
Yes - Texas (OK, maybe that's part of the answer?) Anyway, DOT has "No idea what I'm talking about".
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Old 12-04-2003, 05:33 PM   #17
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this is the only thing i've been able to find on the web about the FISH label...i know i've heard the reason somewhere before but i can't remember where.

what part of Texas are you from vlasak? i'm from Dallas


http://www.seafood-sales.com/faq2.htm

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If it spells FISH, you can bet what's in there.
By Pete Wittenberg | Houston Post Staff



Fresh Seafood by any other name still spells "F-I-S-H" in large black letters on Texas refrigerated trucks.

Many motorists know the familiar sight: a truck rolling along the road with the bold declaration in capital letters painted on the back.

It's not there to sell fish. It's there to comply with state law. Legislation passed in 1985 after a ban on commercial redfish catches required vehicles transporting fresh fish to be marked by Texas Parks & Wildlife Department code, said TP&W Enforcement Commander Bill Robinson.

Since then, all sorts of notions by the public about the purpose of the lettering have sprung up.

"We've had lots of calls," Robinson said. "One person said he thought that meant they had a special place to park."

The question of what it meant occurred to Houston archaeologist Roger Moore, who called Roadside Attractions to find out. Before the new law, game wardens needed search warrants to inspect unmarked trucks.


"When you're dealing with fresh fish, you can't delay," Robinson said. Trucks leaving boat ramps that appeared to be "loaded heavy" or were dripping water from the back were inspection targets, he said.

Now, the 8-inch lettered designation generally signifies that a carrier is following licensing requirements and allows inspectors to concentrate on unmarked trucks that are automatically in violation, Robinson said. A change in the law a month ago means carriers may substitute one 6-inch label or a white-on-black Texas map decal, minus the FISH designation, for the previously required markings on the back and both sides of the truck.

Refrigerated trucks can be used alternately to carry ice cream or vegetables. "They had an objection to having FISH on them," Robinson said.
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this is the only thing i've been able to find on the web about the FISH label...i know i've heard the reason somewhere before but i can't remember where.

what part of Texas are you from vlasak? i'm from Dallas


http://www.seafood-sales.com/faq2.htm

You are the best! That is an excellent explanation! I am so happy one of my questions has been answered!
PS I'm from Austin.
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