Biscayne National Park

In 2014, Biscayne National Park (Park) released a management plan that many recreational anglers considered a “lock-out.” Despite a lack of scientific backing and state support, the Park designated a large area as a marine reserve that would have been closed to fishing.

Now, there is potentially good news on the horizon. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has worked with the Park to develop a new plan that would improve the condition of the Park’s fisheries without implementing the marine reserve.

But the proposal isn’t perfect and that’s why we need your help.

The draft proposal would require vessels transiting through the Park to adhere to the Park’s aggregate bag limits, regardless of where the targeted species were caught. Allowing for anglers to transit with bag and size limits from the area where fish were harvested may be a needed change for FWC to consider. FWC also needs angler feedback on baitfish, crab and law enforcement needs to monitor any new regulations.

While your support of the proposal is important, your input on the specifics is necessary too.

GOOD NEWS ON THE HORIZON FOR BISCAYNE

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has worked with Biscayne National Park to develop a new plan that would improve the condition of the park’s fisheries without implementing the marine reserve. The new plan is science-based, avoids closed zones and proposes Park-specific aggregate bag and size limits to achieve the goal of increasing the abundance and average size of targeted species by 20%.

Tell the FWC that while you support their new plan, changes need to made.

TAKE ACTION

Frequently Asked Questions

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2019 FWC Proposal

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Media

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Stagnation

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Preserving Public Access to Public Waters

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HELP! - Stop the Biscayne Fishing Closures

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Closure Should Be the Last Resort

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NPS Management Plan

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