FWC Moves to Protect Marine Life at Blue Heron Bridge Dive Site

Proposal would prohibit the collection of marine life fishery species within the park and surrounding waters at Phil Foster Park and Blue Heron Bridge in Palm Beach County, Florida.

Proposed area to be closed to collection of marine life

The proposed changes from the December FWC Commission Meeting will be on the agenda for final approval at the FWC Commission Meeting scheduled for February 21-22, 2019 in Gainesville, Florida.

These changes will serve to protect the beauty of the Blue Heron Bridge dive site and to help preserve it for future generations. Reducing collection of marine life in the area will help keep the habitat thriving with the magnificent marine life visitors have come to expect.

Read the FWC press release for more details:

Thursday, December 13, 2018 Florida: FWC Commission Blue Heron Bridge dive site update

At its December meeting in St. Augustine, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved a draft proposal that would maintain high-quality snorkeling and diving opportunities at the Blue Heron Bridge/Phil Foster County Park in Palm Beach County. The Commissioners also approved expanding the previously proposed closed area to include additional waters north of the park.

The changes, if approved at the February Commission meeting, would:

The changes would allow direct transit of marine life species harvested outside the closed area through the closed area so long as the vessel does not stop. The changes would also allow landing by motorized vessel of those species collected elsewhere at the park boat ramp and docks.

 Prohibit the collection and possession of marine life fishery species (species collected for and managed for the tropical aquarium trade) within the park and surrounding waters (prohibitions would not apply to other fishing activities, such as hook-and-line fishing).

Further, staff will evaluate all future Special Activities Licenses to determine if collection from the Blue Heron Bridge dive site is necessary or if another location can be used. Special Activities Licenses authorize certain activities that are otherwise not allowed under current recreational and commercial harvest regulations and are often issued for scientific research, education or public exhibition purposes.

To comment on this and other proposals, visit MyFWC.com/SaltwaterComments or email Marine@MyFWC.com.

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