Written by Leslie Taylor
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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