CCA FLORIDA GRASSROOTS ALERT!
EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK UPCOMING MEETINGS
CCA URGES YOU TO ATTEND ONE OR BOTH OF THE UPCOMING MEETINGS THAT WILL BE HELD BY EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK!
Just over one year ago the Everglades National Park (ENP) administrators implemented the largest pole and troll zone in Florida, the 9,400-acre Snake Bight Pole and Troll Zone was an area of concern because of the purported damage to the sea-grasses. Next week the ENP will hold workshops that will involve comprehensive discussions to present what's happened to date, what activities are planned in the future, and to get your feedback on the PTZ â€“ its layout, how its signed, the education and outreach efforts, how you think it's working, and suggested adjustments the Park should consider.
CCA Florida believes that all pole and troll zones should have access corridors in the no combustion engine zones, properly sized pole and troll zones, adequate signage, and proper education and outreach for the users. While the Snake Bight pole and troll zone has access corridors CCA would like to see the ENP implement additional access along the Snake Bight Channel and the small creek that runs from the channel to the west. CCA also urges the ENP to create access in the eastern side of the pole and troll zone where deeper water runs from Porpoise Point to the Black Wall. These zones have been employed successfully in other areas with similar concerns and allow for resource protection as well as reasonable access and enhancement of the angling experience. Working with local experts can help identify boating access corridors which would allow reasonable fishing access while protecting sea-grass areas.
Meetings will start at 5:30 p.m. and will last till 8 p.m.
Monday, March 5, 2012 Thursday March 8, 2012
John Campbell Agricultural Center Murray Nelson Government Center
18710 SW 288th Street, Homestead, FL 102050 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL
Please Contact CCA Florida for more information: 407-854-7002
The Canaveral National Seashore (CNS) contains some of the finest saltwater fishing in Florida. One of the premier areas is Mosquito Lagoon, the home of huge redfish. Anglers come long distances to fish the lagoon in search of world records on light tackle. It is an outstanding area for fly fishermen. Many records have been taken in the lagoon because of the unique relationship of redfish and the lagoon. Redfish in the Mosquito Lagoon are known to spend their entire lives in the lagoon and do not migrate offshore to spawn as do most redfish. Therefore, the lagoon contains huge spawning size redfish year round. Huge redfish in shallow water year round is a lure that brings light tackle anglers from all over the country to Mosquito Lagoon.
The Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River areas are an important and valuable component of Floridas 18 billion dollar saltwater recreational fishery. The real challenge to CNS managers is to work cooperatively with recreational fishers to develop plans which provide angler access and resource protection. CCA Florida has a proven history of support for marine fisheries conservation programs and we look forward to working with the CNS to achieve those goals.