Friday, February 19, 2016

Keep Florida Fishing Calls for Halt to New No-Take Zones

Take Action by Signing a Petition to Stop Recommended Fishing Closures in Southeast Florida

Our Florida Reefs is attempting to stop you from fishing. They have proposed numerous marine protected areas that would prohibit recreational fishing by creating "no-take zones" from Stuart Inlet all the way to Key Biscayne. They also want to nominate the entire area as a National Marine Sanctuary.

That means massive NO FISHING ZONES all along the southeast Florida coast.

Proposed recommendations include:
1. Implementing a Marine Protected Area zoning framework.
2. Nominating the entire region as a National Marine Sanctuary.
3. Applying for United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) world heritage site status for the entire Florida Reef Tract.
4. Establishing Coral Reef Gardens.

Make Your Voice Heard!
If you oppose the recommendations listed above, we invite you to visit our website by clicking here to sign an online petition. It's an easy way to make your voice heard on the issue. The deadline to submit public comment is March 1, so we ask you to please sign the petition today!

Last Public Meeting Tonight from 6 - 8 p.m.
Another way you can get involved is to attend the last public meeting scheduled for today at 6 p.m. We encourage anglers to attend the meeting in force to show how much we value our fishing rights. No verbal public testimony will be taken at the meeting. However, written comments will be accepted. See details below.

Thursday, Feb. 18
Kovens Conference Center
FIU/Biscayne Bay Campus
3000 NE 151st Street
North Miami, FL 33181