There is potentially good news on the horizon with a new proposal that would improve the condition of the Park’s fisheries without implementing the marine reserve.
In 2014, Biscayne National Park (Park) released a management plan that many recreational anglers considered a “lock-out.” Despite a lack of scientific backing and state support, the Park designated a large area as a marine reserve that would have been closed to fishing.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has worked with the Park to develop a new plan that would improve the condition of the Park’s fisheries without implementing the marine reserve.
The new plan is science-based, avoids closed zones and proposes Park-specific aggregate bag and size limits to achieve the goal of increasing the abundance and average size of targeted species by 20%. The targeted species include snapper, grouper, hogfish, triggerfish, grunts, baitfish, stone crab and spiny lobster.
A link to the entire proposal can be found here.
There are two ways you can help.
1- Attend one of the Commission Workshops listed below and make your voice heard. Click here for more info.
- Oct. 28: Key Largo, Murray Nelson Government Center, 102050 Overseas Highway
- Oct. 29: Homestead, UF/IFAS Extension Miami-Dade County, 18710 SW 288th St.
- Oct. 30: Miami, James L. Knight Center, 400 SE 2nd Ave.
2- Click the TAKE ACTION button below to tell the FWC that you support their new plan. It only takes a minute and could make a huge difference to the future of fishing in Biscayne.