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Scientists: Overfishing threatens fisheries in South Florida NPs

Just off Florida’s southeastern Atlantic coast lies the only coral reef in the continental United States.

The reef stretches for nearly 350 miles from Port St. Lucie, on about the middle of the coast, down to the southern tip of the Keys. It’s long been a popular destination for snorkelers and divers, who are drawn there by its easy access, its warm waters, and its spectacular stands of elkhorn coral, magnificent barrel sponges, and majestic eagle rays. Meanwhile, anglers love to pursue the reef’s schools of sailfish, grouper, snapper, cobia, barracuda, mackerel, shark, African pompano, and wahoo.

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