Florida Considering Over Fishing Gag Grouper While Feds Protect
Florida anglers want to fish in closed waters for grouper and Canada Parks need to include more young people into the park planning process.Recreational anglers are pressuring government to open gag grouper fishing in state waters during the time when federal closures for the same species remain closed. The anglers say that opening the fishery will boost the local economy and tourism during a time in the year when tourism is low. The problem is gag grouper is consifered vulnerable by the IUCN and the increased fishing pressure (over fishing) can cause them to approach the threatened status (much worse) in the state of florida. In addition, the fish do not recognize the boundary between federal and state water and therefore will cross the boundary increasing their potential of being fished during the state open water.
Usually I don’t comment on these types of stories as they are SO OUTRAGEOUS, but I had to because it seems as though the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are considering the request from recreational anglers. So I would like you guys to contact the Commission and let them know that opening Florida State waters is not in the best interest of the gag grouper: http://myfwc.custhelp.com/app/home
Canada Parks Needs to Engage with the Younger Generation
Canada Parks, the federal government branch in Canada with a mandate to protect and designate parks in Canada, is holding a number of workshops in Vancouver to discuss future plans for Parks in Canada. The problem is that the younger generation is not showing up to voice their opinions. On the other hand, Canada Parks may not be announcing the workshops where the younger generation are present (social media site, universities, high school). Canada Parks should do a better hob to reach out to the younger generation to connect and help decide the future of Canadian Oceans.
How do we engage young people in Ocean Conservation?