February 11, 2021
Voice your support for a four-month closure at Western Dry Rocks. The future of the Keys permit fishery depends on it.
In recent weeks, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) hosted three virtual workshops to gather public comment on the proposed four-month no fishing closure at Western Dry Rocks, the most important permit spawning site in the Lower Keys.
The four-month closure, guided by science and supported by a broad coalition of major fishing and conservation organizations, already was a compromise between full closure of the site and doing nothing at all to improve fishery management.
A two-month closure has been approved as a draft rule, but such a short closure will fail to adequately protect spawning permit and other species at the site.
It’s not too late to submit your own comment to FWC supporting the four-month closure. This will be our last chance to make our voices heard and help ensure that spawning permit receive the protection they deserve.
Click HERE to submit your comment online. Even if you submitted a comment last spring, it is important that you do so again as part of this public comment period.
Why does BTT support a four-month closure?
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