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Biscayne National Park will be conducting public scoping meetings to discuss the possible inclusion of Marine Reserve Zone(s) (no fishing area) within the General Management Plan.
The park is considering the inclusion of no-take Marine Reserve Zone(s) in the upcoming General Management Plan. The purpose of this zone would be to provide an opportunity for the public to experience and enjoy a coral reef with a natural abundance and diversity of reef inhabitants, including hard corals, soft corals, fish, crustaceans, and other reef life. The park will provide information about the status of the reef tract and fish populations and provide pertinent information and data to the public. The public will have the opportunity to comment on whether Marine Reserve Zone(s) would be beneficial, and if so, where to locate the Marine Reserve Zone(s) and what size and configuration should be considered.
The public meetings will be held:
Tuesday, July 21, 2009 6-9pm
Miami-Dade College, Homestead Campus
Rooms F222-F223, Aviation Building F
500 College Terrace
Homestead, FL 33030-6009
Wednesday, July 22 2009 6-9pm
Crowne Plaza Miami International Airport
950 N.W. LeJeune Road
Miami, FL 33126
Thursday, July 23, 2009 6-9pm
Key Largo location
Holiday Inn Key Largo Resort
99701 Overseas Highway
Key Largo, FL 33037
The 14 day public comment period for input specifically on the Marine Reserve issue runs from July 20 through August 2, 2009.
Public comments can be made in several ways:
-attend a public meeting to express your comments in person;
-mail comments on the pre-addressed comment form obtained at the public meetings
This website will also allow you to follow the progress of the General Management Plan as it moves forward.
An additional public comment period, which will follow the release of the draft alternatives for the GMP, will also allow you to provide input into the planning process.