The Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen's Association on Tuesday called on marine sanctuary leaders to look more closely at the impacts of scuba divers and snorkelers when creating new regulations.
The group outlined its concerns in a letter given to Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary managers when they met in Islamorada for their monthly meeting.
Sanctuary managers are currently conducting a 10-year review of the marine sanctuary's management plan to determine if they need to expand existing areas, or create new ones that are off-limits to fishing and diving.
The Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen's Association asked for more diver education and requested that the sanctuary require dive operators to maintain electronic logbooks that would be submitted daily to show locations visited and number of passengers in the water.
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National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14
In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.
NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.