MINWR Petition For Catch and Release
Catch and release possibly coming to Mosquito Lagoon!
"Last night was the second meeting of the MINWR staff with the permitted fishing guides. At the first meeting, they stated they would NOT be implementing catch and release. This was not well received by the guides, as the over 20 in attendance were all in agreement that catch and release was the right choice. Last night at the second meeting, to everyone’s surprise, they changed their stance and decided to consider making the lagoon catch and release for reds and trout. Layne Hamilton, the superintendent, cited the overwhelming unanimous support from the guides at both meetings as the reasoning for the change of position and consideration.
The fishing guides are only a small portion of the stakeholders who care about the lagoon. Many more of you all see the need for catch and release to protect what little is left of the lagoons fish stocks. Mosquito Lagoon is without a doubt the least developed and healthiest portion of the system remaining, and thankfully the area where possible protection of the fish can occur by the decision of one person, Layne.
This would ONLY apply to the MINWR and would not include the Canaveral National Seashore, guides and recreational anglers who fish in the Oak Hill area would still be able to harvest fish for their clients if they so choose. This would also not apply to black drum, mangrove snapper, flounder, sheepshead, etc.
The proposed plan would be a 5 year moratorium on harvest of reds and trout, to be reviewed every 5 years based upon progress to the restoration of the IRL system.
We cannot immediately stop the pollution entering the lagoon, but this is one small victory that we the people can accomplish to help protect what remains of the lagoons unique fish stocks that once made this a world famous fishery.
Please sign and share this petition, it’s critical that we show the refuge that many people support this management change, not just the small group of fishing guides."
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