The challenges facing Southeast Florida’s coral reefs have long been the subject of discussion with many different solutions having been proposed. Now’s your chance to provide your ideas.
While conservationists agree something needs to be done, not everyone has the same ideas about how to proceed. Some groups support fishing closures, while others feel water quality, warming temperatures, acidification and disease – while difficult to address – are the greatest issues.
Now, the University of Florida and the Department of Environmental Protection, along with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program, have teamed up to get input from diverse fishing stakeholders on how to improve coral reefs in Florida. The process is driven by a Fisheries Stakeholder Committee that includes representatives from the recreational fishing community. This new team is working to develop recommendations to enhance coral reef conservation and fishing quality.
The Committee will hold their first virtual public input meeting on March 11, 2011 from 6:30-8pm.
It’s important for southeast Florida anglers to add their voices to the discussion. Your knowledge of the local areas, water conditions and fish abundance will be invaluable in developing management recommendations.
Bottom line – if you fish in SE FL, the committee NEEDS your input.
Please consider joining the meeting and making your voice heard.