The National Park Service and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) have released a proposed management plan that will balance outdoor recreation, fisheries management, and conservation for Biscayne National Park – the nation’s largest recreational marine park in the National Park System.
The plan’s goal is to avoid unnecessary restrictions, all while increasing the abundance and size of fish species by 20 percent – and is a win for anglers and boaters alike.
The recreational boating and fishing community worked closely with Congress in the 1950s to establish the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund (Trust Fund), which pays for conservation projects across the country. As a user-pay, user-benefit system, taxes paid by boaters and anglers go to state fish and wildlife agencies for fisheries research, fish habitat protection and restoration, aquatic education, and fishing and boating access facilities, such as docks and ramps. Today, the Trust Fund collects $650 million each year.