Magazine article National Parks

A Marine Reserve for Biscayne

Magazine article National Parks

A Marine Reserve for Biscayne

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National Park to Protect Coral Reefs, Bringing More Fish Back to Florida

Biscayne National Park is hiding a serious problem under its crystal waters, and the Park Service has decided to create a marine reserve to address it. An international destination for boaters, divers, and fishing enthusiasts, and a prime draw for locals, Biscayne has been stressed by overfishing, overuse, pollution, and warming seas for decades, and the park's renowned coral reefs continue to decline.

The new marine reserve will limit fishing and the extraction of resources in a part of the park's most fragile and important coral reefs to help them recover, in time, the move will help improve the health of the park's coral reefs and bring back more fish to South Florida, increasing fish size, diversity, and abundance.

95% of the park is water, and only 6% of that is incLuded within the marine reserve.

MORE BOATS, MORE TECHNOLOGY=FEWER FISH

The number of recreational vessels in southern Florida grew by about 757% from 1964-2014

Technology has quadrupled the efficiency of recreational anglers, and that's decimated local stocks of fish: For every 20 fish caught in 1966 I fish is caught today

PROTECTING OUR PARKS

If someone were chopping down I redwood trees or giant sequoias in our national parks, there would be a public outcry. …

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