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Biscayne Adopts New Management Plan

June 2015 – Fans of Biscayne National Park and the coral reefs that anchor so much of its marine life have reason to cheer. The park unveiled a new management plan this month that promises more protection for fragile reefs and the park’s declining fish populations. The park plans to establish a marine reserve zone east of Elliott Key to protect 10,500 acres of sensitive marine habitat, including about one third of all reefs in the park. The zone will be closed to fishing but open for diving & snorkeling. Marine reserve zones in the Dry Tortugas and elsewhere have proven to be an effective way to protect endangered corals and restore fish populations, says Park Superintendent Brian Carlstrom. The new management plan represents 14 years of work, much study and lots of thoughtful input from the public. Read more about the plan at this link: http://www.nps.gov/bisc/learn/news/final-biscayne-national-park-general-management-plan-released.htm

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