Massive no take zones proposed for Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas
There has been very little publicity or notice about this. I just found out about these proposed massive no take closure areas myself from a local business owner, so missed the original meeting. Due to public outcry the working group -- which planned to deliver recommendations for new protected areas to the Sanctuary Advisory Council on Aug. 20 -- decided to hold off until after September, when it will stage regional meetings in the Upper, Middle and Lower Keys to meet with mariners who know the local waters. A fourth meeting in Key West will look at the Dry Tortugas and Marquesas.
If you live in the Keys or are a tourist or a visitor or anyone else that enjoys Keys waters you need to write, call or show up in person to voice your opposition! Everyone needs to do this right now, or kiss your fishing, diving and enjoying Keys waters goodbye!
The areas in yellow are the proposed new closures. This takes away just about all best reef tracts from all user groups without any scientific justification.
If you can't make it please email the head of the advisory council > [email protected]
Management and Administration
Sean Morton, Superintendent
Beth Dieveney, Deputy Superintendent for Science and Policy
Mary Tagliareni, Deputy Superintendent for Operations and Education