Target: Brian Carlstrom, Superintendent of Biscayne National Park
Goal: Support renewal of fishing ban proposal
Biscayne National Park, of Southern Florida, has dropped a proposal for a fishing ban meant to aid coral reefs in their recovery. Members in Congress and anglers who opposed the ban are relieved, but should they be? If anglers and fishermen in the area keep refusing to give the reef and its maritime life time to recover, they will soon find themselves without anything to fish. Please urge to national park to rethink their decision.
According to John Bruno of the University of California, “Half of the world’s reef-building corals have already been lost. In fact, they are being lost at twice the rate of rain forests. In Biscayne National Park, the coral has been devastated and numbers of common gaming fish like snapper, grouper and lobster have already had their numbers drastically reduced by heavy fishing.
The fishing ban was proposed as a way to allow the park’s coral and fish some time to recover. Now that it has been dropped, additional fishing regulations are being considered. Anglers applaud the park for not jumping to the fishing ban without trying other, less severe, methods first.
When it comes to the safety of the reef, anglers are always going to put their interests first. If the park’s maritime life is in such a bad state that a ban was considered, then a ban is probably needed. Please urge Biscayne National Park to pass the ban.
Dear Brian Carlstrom,
Please reconsider the dropping of the fishing. While restrictions and fishing limits may give the reef a better chance to recover if followed, a ban would guarantee it. Without fishing, the usual gaming fish could also have time to recover their numbers. The people who opposed your proposal probably weren’t thinking in the long term, because the long term is currently the image of an empty Biscayne Bay.
There are few things more important than making sure future generations do not have to live in a world where coral is scarce or nonexistent, and making sure fishers get to fish anywhere they please is not one of those things. With that in mind, please take more active measures against over fishing.
[Your Name Here]
Photocredit: Jim Maragos/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via Flickr