Protect Biscayne Park
07/01/2014 6:30 PM
07/01/2014 6:31 PM
While I applaud and appreciate the time and energy that Jack Curlett has spent to preserve and protect Biscayne National Park, I disagree with his premise that no-fishing marine reserve zones are necessary no matter how small they are. To imply that it is a proven method is true. ( Create marine reserve at Biscayne National Park, June 26, Readers’ Forum). However, it is not the only proven method of preserving or replenishing our fish populations. Policies approved by the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have also replenished and protected our fisheries.
The great resurgence of Goliath Grouper, redfish, snook and trout are only a few examples of how sport fishing can be allowed while replenishing the fish populations. Fish stocks wiped out by natural events or overfishing by commercial interests can recover to sustainable levels through size limitations, possession numbers, seasons or no-take zones when indicated.
We can accomplish replenishment in numbers and sizes of fish without a no-fishing marine reserve zone.
Although sport fishing is vital to South Florida’s economy, this should have little bearing on deciding how to protect our natural resources. What does make sense, however, is to allow sport fishing but control it as does the FWCC and/or establish no-take zones when necessary.
Lloyd Wruble, chairman, Herman Lucerne Memorial Foundation, Miami
Oops, you haven't selected any newsletters. Please check the box next to one or more of our email newsletters and submit again.
Oops, you didn't provide a valid email address. Please double-check the email field and submit again.
Join the Discussion
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.