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Joined: Jan. 2004
||Posted: Aug. 08 2005,07:24
Monroe County is extending the "no-take" zone in the Dry Tortuga's Reserve. Apparently this reserve is unique in that it combines both state and federal waters into no-fishing zones.
The Herald states this reserve came about through the cooperation of a working group comprises of commercial and recreational fishers, divers, conservationists, scientists, etc. It amounts to a "196 nautical mile reserve". At issue is adding 46 more miles.
A new movement made up of some rec fishers declined to join the group, but asked the group to amend the plan to allow "catch and release" in the reserve. The Herald opposes this as "there is plenty of good fishing available outside the reserve... (and) ... the catch-and-release proposal would create formidable enforcement problems"
My questions to you:
1. Do you agree or disagree with the Herald? Do you feel catch-and-release is reasonable? Or too easily abused? Is/was the reserve abused now?
2. More generally, do you feel that no-motor craft deserve an exemption, are kinder to the environment and do not pose a threat (particularly of numbers) to any such reserve?
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