Reinstate Fishing Ban on Overfished Coral Reef

Biscayne National Park

Target: Biscayne National Park Superintendent Brian Carlstrom

Goal: Reinstate the fishing ban on Biscayne National Park’s coral reefs

Recently, the fishing ban on Biscayne National Park was dropped. The fishing ban was originally proposed to help the coral reefs recover from decades of overfishing that had destabilized the entire ecosystem. Members of Congress and fishermen have both been protesting the ban since it was enacted.

Overfishing is an enormous problem in coral reefs all around the world. When a reef is overfished, it becomes unbalanced. The mineral composition of the water and sediment decreases, resulting in a change in the natural formations and the inhabitants of the reef. Overfishing alters the resident fish’s reproductive behavior and causes a shift in nutrient content and destabilizing the entire ecosystem.

Studies have found that the amount of specimens of each species found in the sixteen-square-mile area is much lower than it should be when compared to other coral reef areas and national parks. While a ban on fishing was an extreme and possibly premature measure, it did help to alleviate the problems caused by overfishing. Now, the government and fishing lobbyists seek to again exploit the environment for their own personal gain. We cannot place the economic gain of a small group of people above the health of the very planet we live on and its inhabitants. We must ensure the safety of the Biscayne National Park ecosystem by reinstating the fishing ban there.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Brian Carlstrom,

As you know, the fishing ban on Biscayne National Park was recently dropped. The fishing ban originally was enacted so that the coral reefs could have a chance to recover from decades of overfishing that had destabilized the entirety of the ecosystem. Both Congressmen and fishermen have both been protesting the ban since it was enacted, and they recently succeeded in their goal of gaining fishing rights again.

Overfishing is a serious issue in coral reefs all across the world, resulting in destabilized ecosystems and altered mineral content of the water. We demand that the ban on fishing in Biscayne National Park be reinstated because the health of the environment and the health of some of nature’s most beautiful natural formations are both at risk. We ask that you please consider the importance of preserving natural beauty and reinstate the fishing ban.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: National Park Service Digital Image Archives via Wikimedia Commons

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