- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

MIAMI (AP) - The National Park Service will be putting new rules into effect to stop overfishing at Biscayne National Park.

The Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/1cAUgH5 ) reports a new general management plan will be revealed Friday, intended to start reversing the decline with new rules for visitors that will, for the first time, include a no-fishing marine reserve. The 10,500-acre reserve will be off limits to fishing for all but lionfish.

Officials say more than 70 percent of 17 species’ numbers are down, while anchors, traps lines and heavy boat traffic have crushed corals and raked seagrass meadows. Only six percent of coral reefs remain and in 2014, the park lost 96 percent of its remaining endangered elkhorn coral.

The plan is not expected to formally go into effect until at least next year.


Information from: The Miami Herald, http://www.herald.com



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