Everyone should know that the Our Florida Reefs organization has many proposals to our regulatory agencies that if passed will severely infringe upon our usage rights to the resource and our rights to consumptive fishing!
First, I am not an expert on any of this, I'm only passing on information that I discovered on another forum. And I'm only letting everyone know because well it is really important.
What little I do know is that of the many proposals, there are ones for large no-take areas. There is a huge one from around the Juno Pier all the way past Jupiter inlet!
This is just more of the same old bs based upon non-science and our rights and our kids rights are under fire.
There's already a ton written about it on Spearboard linked as - http://www.spearboard.com/showthread.php?t=187071
Whether or not you appreciate spearfishing is completely irrelevant, do not let that sidetrack you from the real issues here - they want to destroy all our rights. Everyone must stick together if any are to win.
There are public meetings and we all need to attend and voice our concerns.
I would say though it would be important if you show up to have the goal of being constructive rather than seeing how many cuss words can be strung together in one sentence.
I don't really know how much support or traction the proposals do have or the political will. All I know is that I'd regret standing by doing nothing at all if it does happen.
Our Florida Reefs organization is a "community action group" that has drafted some 68 proposals to present to lawmakers and agencies.
The map that I saw previously that seemed to blockout a huge swath of bottom from Juno pier past Jupiter inlet actually only represents a an "area of interest" and from that are a much smaller are would be selected for protected no take area. If the proposal was adopted then my understanding is that up to 25% of the area could be restricted from all activity, fishing, anchoring, lobstering, etc. Their pitch was the net effect was more yield. I don't know what to think or believe about that but that's what it is.
Some of their proposals were geared towards pollution control and the like. Some seemed like they were good, some not so much.
So they say they are looking for public input on the proposals, which can be done on their website. I don't know the link it surely it could be googled.
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I would like to know who is in that "community action group". I would like to know if they are actually a bunch of shills.
The fishing bans in Biscayne Bay got pushed through with a bunch of questionable "science" & an endorsement from Bouncer Smith. Bouncer seemed to be there to make it look like the action had public support behind it. I saw the "scientific" presentation. Questions about it from me & several other people were ignored. I was there when Bouncer spoke on the subject. I don't ever want to hear another word that he has to say for the rest of my life.
Visit their website and participate in the conversations.
However, being in the industry, there are many very good proposals that need traction.
Someone told me a long time ago, Jim. NEVER trust a fat man... :wink
That's a pretty slick looking website for a community action group. I wonder how it got funded?
I'd like to know where they got their topographical mapping. They have access to better bottom contour info than I do.
It basically is an organization founded by the government that give a neighborhood, looks-good, feels-good twist for more government control - say EPA on steroids. They have focus groups, public input, etc. and then write the laws they want.
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The Occulina Coral MPA was 'Experimental' but has been here since the early 90's. It's tens of square miles and covers areas from north of ft pierce to north of Sebastian inlet. no bottom fishing or possession of bottom fish. Be warned. These are environmentalists seeking to keep you from using a public resource.