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The National Park Service (NPS) is still finalizing its supplemental General Management Plan (GMP) for Biscayne National Park. It has taken us several years to get to this point and  the  process is now  dependent on the input of local residents, businesses and stakeholders.

NPS is presently considering multiple options on how to govern the park for years to come—one of which (Alternative 4) would ban recreational fishing in the park across a 10,000 acre marine reserve, significantly limiting recreational boating, fishing and tourism related businesses and activities in South Florida. CCA Florida opposes Alternative 4.

Two other options that are under consideration, Alternative 6 and Alternative 7, both establish a Special Recreation Zone that would allow angler access and applies certain limitations to that zone. Alternative 7 includes a summer seasonal closure and Alternative 6 allows access by a permit process.CCA Florida strongly supports these options.

The recreational fishing community opposes Alternative 4, and is proactively engaged with the NPS and other stakeholders on an alternative management solution. It is our goal to achieve a lasting plan that promotes robust fishing and boating access balanced with sound resource conservation. It is critical that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) remains engaged in the finalized version of the GMP.

NPS is hosting three additional public forums this month before reaching a final decision that could close a significant portion  Biscayne National Park to fishing and limiting boating access. To access the Parks release regarding the upcoming public forums click here. This is your last opportunity to voice your opposition to this marine reserve and to tell Biscayne National Park that boating and angler access is very important to the parks recreational users. Tell the National Park service you support Alternatives 7 and 6 and that you oppose Alternative 4.  It is critical that boaters and anglers speak out during these public forums.

The meetings will be taking place during the week of September 22, at the following times and locations:

Monday, September 22, 2014
Pioneer Florida Museum
826 South Krome Ave
Florida City, FL
Time: 6-9 p.m.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Newman Alumni Center at the University of Miami
6200 San Amaro Drive
Coral Gables, FL
Time: 6-9 p.m.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Holiday Inn 99701 Overseas Highway
Key Largo, FL
Time: 6-9 p.m.

You are encouraged to attend these open forums, if you are unable to attend please click here to submit your comments.

For more information on the public meetings or the GMP, contact Trip Aukeman CCA Florida at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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