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Florida wildlife officials will not impose no-take zones in Biscayne NP; agree to other restrictions

Florida wildlife managers on Thursday took a first step toward protecting declining fish stocks in Biscayne National Park, agreeing to increase the minimum size and tighten bag limits for heavily pressured species, from snapper to grouper.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission approved a set of draft rules to regulate fishing inside the park for the next five to 10 years. They also agreed to the creation of five coral reef protection areas where lobster diving and trapping wouldn’t be allowed, a trap-free zone near the park’s headquarters and some no-trawl zones for shrimpers.

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