Nature Conservancy, Surfrider Foundation Hosting Meeting Thursday on Marine Sanctuary Management
Care about the health of local waters? Got a beef with how the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is being managed? Don't want to see the Atlantic turned into a barren, polluted wasteland?
On Thursday, the two groups are cohosting a meeting about the forthcoming regulatory reviews of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and the lower Keys' wildlife refuge. Among the issues that will be discussed are the overall boundary and zoning plans related to the areas.
In May and June of this year the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Florida Department of Environmental Protection, which are co-trustees of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, as well as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service which manages Key West National Wildlife Refuge, Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge and National Key Deer Refuge will be conducting a legally mandated public scoping process to hear your ideas -- and everyone else's from every possible perspective -- about what is working, what's not, what needs tweaking and what entirely new ideas you have in mind for management and regulations in the Sanctuary and refuges. These recommendations will be fed into the process to create a set of draft alternatives for public review and, ultimately, lead to actual changes in rules and regulations, hopefully for the better.If "hopefully" is not good enough for you when it comes to the islands, waters, fish, wildlife and opportunities to sustainably enjoy these things in the Florida Keys for years to come, please join us in contributing your input and ideas to this scoping process and encourage others to do so.
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