The readers’ forum

Fishing designations will showcase state


Whether it’s the heart-pounding excitement and anticipation of the strike on a fly or a lure, or the thrill of a catch soon to be on your dinner table, the best place in the world to experience saltwater fishing opportunities is Florida — the fishing capital of the world.

The recent proposal to create saltwater game fish and sport fish designations in Florida is about highlighting some of the state’s most valuable recreational fish for today and future generations. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will consider adopting these designations at its Feb. 13 meeting in Orlando.

It’s important to keep this proposal in perspective. These designations, while telling the angling world that Florida is a premier sport-fishing destination, will also ensure that recreational anglers can enjoy a traditional game fish for their table at home, and our commercial fishermen will continue to provide our world-famous Florida fish to tables around the world.

By creating these designations, we will highlight our reputation, drawing visitors from across the globe to our diverse array of fishing opportunities. It shows the world that recreational fishing in Florida is important to all of us.

Recreational saltwater fishing in Florida already has a $5.7 billion economic impact and supports more than 54,000 jobs. Fishermen will travel the world for that one special catch, so doesn’t it make sense to invite them to Florida?

Adoption of these designations will allow the commission, in a separate process, to gather input from the public and our stakeholders to determine which species best fit in each category.

Did you know that, when it comes to fishing, Florida holds more world records than any other state or country? It’s just one more reason why we need to let the world know about Florida’s premier saltwater fish. Where else can you find great year-round fishing and such a wide array of species diversity?

Kenneth Wright, chairman, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Tallahassee

Read more Letters to the Editor stories from the Miami Herald

  • The readers’ forum

    Tax credit scholarships strengthen public education

    In a packed state legislative committee room recently, a parent who worked 12 straight hours and then drove two more to Tallahassee walked rapidly to the lectern without having filled out a speaker’s card. She was nearly breathless.

  • College degrees galore

    A college education is a great thing to have for everyone trying to move on to a higher-paying career. The only problem with this is that too many people graduate with a college degree each year. This makes a college degree worthless in today’s business world. Colleges like Miami Dade College and Florida International University pump out too many graduates each year who aren’t prepared for a tough job market.

  • One gigantic flush

    The April 17 article City to dump 38M gallons of water over urine episode, reports that Portland, Ore., officials will discard millions of gallons of treated water because a young person urinated into a city reservoir.

Miami Herald

Join the

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category