Laws & Policies

Bache Shoal
Bache Shoal (NPS image)

Biscayne National Park follows two basic sets of rules. The first set includes rules common to all national parks. The second set includes rules that apply only to Biscayne National Park.

Among the rules that apply to all national parks, the 1916 National Park Service Organic Act is the foundation. It states that the mission of the National Park Service is to:

... conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects, and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.

National park management across the country is regulated by other laws including the Endangered Species Act, the Historic Sites Act, the National Environmental Policy Act and the Clean Water Act. Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulation is the most comprehensive listing of these rules.

Rules specific to Biscayne National Park include its enabling legislation, which expresses the park purpose in broad and beautiful language. The park superintendent compendium covers detailed items such as closures, speed limits, camping, personal watercraft and unmanned aircraft. General management plans guide park actions in order to achieve the park's mission of resource preservation and protection for the education, recreation and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Fishing within park boundaries is governed by the State of Florida. There are special park regulations concerning such issues as the collection of tropical ornamental fish. Anglers should be thoroughly familiar with all fishing regulations. Learn more on the fishing and lobstering page.

Last updated: June 14, 2017

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