Press Release Sep 8, 2015

It’s official! Final Plan for Biscayne National Park Signed – Implementation of Marine Reserve Set to Begin

Statement by Caroline McLaughlin, Biscayne Program Manager for the National Parks Conservation Association

“After more than 15 years in the making and with broad public support, the National Park Service recently signed the Record of Decision to officially finalize Biscayne National Park’s management plan, which will include the creation of a much needed marine reserve. With 95 percent of the park as water – six percent would be dedicated to the marine reserve to address the park’s ailing coral reefs, help replenish dwindling fish populations and enhance the park visitor experience.

“The National Park Service demonstrates strong leadership and a clear commitment to the conservation of Biscayne’s incredible marine habitat and wildlife, while balancing recreational use and preserving the overall national park visitor experience. This decision includes overwhelming public support—with more than 90 percent of the comments collected in favor of creating a marine reserve.

“NPCA looks forward to working with the National Park Service and interested stakeholders to ensure timely implementation of the marine reserve, allowing the park’s dying corals to start recovering – bringing more fish back to Biscayne’s beloved waters.”

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About National Parks Conservation Association
Since 1919, the nonpartisan National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) has been the leading voice in safeguarding our national parks. NPCA and its more than one million members and supporters work together to protect and preserve our nation’s natural, historical, and cultural heritage for future generations. For more information, visit www.npca.org.