Keep Florida Fishing Statement by Kellie Ralston, Florida Fishery Policy Director of the American Sportfishing Association, on Alleviation of High Water Levels in the Everglades

(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.)Keep Florida Fishing, an advocacy arm of the American Sportfishing Association, released the following statement by Kellie Ralston, Florida Fishery Policy Director of the American Sportfishing Association, on the alleviation of high water levels in the Everglades’ water conservation areas caused by recent heavy rainfall.

“It is extremely encouraging to see our federal and state agencies working together to reduce high water levels in the Everglades and to send water south in order to mitigate ecological damage and protect our fisheries and wildlife. We commend Florida Governor Rick Scott, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the South Florida Water Management District, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Everglades National Park and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, for their actions in the face of this high water emergency.

“However, this event highlights the importance of continuing to work as quickly as possible towards comprehensive, long-term solutions that will ultimately restore the historic flow of water south from Lake Okeechobee to Florida Bay.”

Ralston toured the situation on June 29 with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissioner Ron Bergeron and Executive Director Nick Wiley.

Keep Florida Fishing represents the interests of the recreational fishing community. Florida is the “Fishing Capital of the World,” with more than 3 million anglers who generate $9.6 billion in economic impact, support more than 128,000 jobs and contribute $53.3 million to state conservation efforts through license fees and special taxes on motor boat fuel and equipment.