The Government Locking Fishermen Out of Biscayne National Park


The following story is relevant to every American because it is one of many examples of the government shutting down access to waterways, parks, and other natural environments under the guise of environmental protection.

Biscayne National Park is one more example of government gone wild.

Over the objections of stakeholders and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the National Park Service, a division of the U.S. Department of the Interior, has released a draft General Management Plan (GMP) which includes plans to shut 20% of the Biscayne National Park’s public waters to recreational fishing and other activities.

This is happening because of extremists in the conservation crowd who have wanted this for years. They are the same people who have warped the Agenda 21 concept and misused sustainability and smart growth projects.

This proposal, if enacted, will only be the beginning. The environmental communists will never be satisfied until the entire park is closed off except for the most minimal human activities.

Gordon Robertson, Vice President of the American Sportsfishing Association said, “Rather than attempting to balance resource conservation with public access, park officials apparently find it more convenient to simply close off massive areas of the park to the taxpaying public.”

Biscayne National Park is the largest marine park in the National Park system. It is one of the largest urban recreational fishing areas in the country. About 10 million anglers travel to the park each year.

The GMP establishes a 10,522 acre marine reserve that prohibits fishing plus several “no combustion engine zones,” which means no gas or diesel engines, making large areas of the waters inaccessible.