Register fishing gear, ban scuba spearfishing, area closures?
Date posted: February 17, 2016
Have you heard about the proposals for South East Florida coming from a ‘working group”?
N-59: Ban Spearfishing on SCUBA
N-64: Require Registration of Fishing Gear in St. Lucie Inlet Preserve
N-70: Protect and Restore Estuarine Habitats
N-137: Designate SEFCRI Region as PSSA or ATBA
S-8: Establish Coral Reefs Gardens
S-54: Apply for Florida Reef Tract to be Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site
S-65: Nominate SEFCRI Region as a National Marine Sanctuary
S-86: Ban Live Mounts and Promote Proper handling and release techniques of All Shark Species
S-87: Increase Protection of Important Reef Herbivores
S-97: Reduce Bag Limit to 6 per Person per Day During Lobster Mini Season
S-2: Create a SEFCRI-Wide Mooring Buoy Program
The South East Florida Coral Reef Initiative, under the FL Department of Environmental Protection, has created a ‘process’ called Our Florida Reefs.
All one needs to do is review the list of partners and players in this 14-year-old process: Environmental Defense Fund, Ocean Conservancy, REEF (one of the most anti-spearing groups around) and Dr. Bohnsack, who is no friend of our sport or our rights. Not to Mention the National Marine Fisheries Service.
They want you to listen to them. This is their invitation:
Come let your voice be heard at upcoming community meetings! Some of the objectives of these meetings are: to inform the public on the Our Florida Reefs process, to present draft Recommended Management Actions (RMAs) written by Community Working Group (CWG) members, and to gather feedback from the public regarding this strategy to protect our reefs and marine resources.
The meetings so far have been stacked with unwitting advocates. Your opinion only matters if you agree. In fact, they have made it very difficult to comment on these proposals. Stay tuned. The FRA will be at the last public meeting tomorrow. We will then provide you with a simple way to submit comments, which are due by March 1.
You are certainly free to make comments through their web portal. Warning: You will find it difficult and repetitive. You have to fill out an entire new form for each of the 60+ proposals.
Learn more about the ‘process’ (really seems like a group or agency to me) from the process website:
ABOUT OUR FLORIDA REEFS http://ourfloridareefs.org/our-florida-reefs-process/
Stay tuned for the FRA Call To Action on this issue!
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