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           ACTION ALERT: Florida Fish Feeding Ban

       Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
       holding public workshop Tuesday, July 25, 2000.

                         July 21, 2000
1) ACTION ALERT: Florida Fish Feeding Ban.
2) Reef Awareness Week BEGINS SUNDAY! :-)
3) Join our grassroots efforts to save the coral reefs.

1) ACTION ALERT: Florida Fish Feeding Ban.

The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FFWCC)
is holding yet another public workshop Tuesday, July 25 in
Dania (Florida) to receive more input on the practice of
underwater feeding of marine wildlife in Florida waters.

On October 28th of last year we provided comments and our
position to the Commission (FFWCC) on this activity
justifying and requesting a rule to ban underwater fish
feeding in State waters. At the February 3rd meeting in
Jacksonville, Florida, we again testified before the
Commission on the ecological, public safety, and common
sense approach to addressing this issue.

Following substantial public testimony before and at that
meeting, the Commission voted to have staff draft a rule,
to be considered by the end of the year. Unfortunately, no
rule has yet been drafted.

Reef Relief's Scientific Advisor, Dr. Bill Alevizon has
prepared a "white paper" which summarizes, and expertly
references, available information supporting a rule to
prohibit the feeding of sharks and other marine wildlife
by divers and snorkelers in state waters. To view this
document in the Scientific Studies section of the Reef
Relief website, in its entirety, go to:


Look for the article titled, "A Case for Regulation of the
Feeding of Fishes and Other Marine Wildlife by Divers and

The problems associated with habitual feeding of wildlife
by humans have been well documented over the last 50 years.
That's why it is banned in state and national parks, and
most public places. Why should it be any different in the
marine environment?


1) The FFWCC Commission will hold a public workshop on Tuesday, 
July 25th from 4 - 7 p.m. to take public comment on this 
issue at the International Game Fish Association Fishing 
Hall of Fame & Museum, 300 Gulfstream Way, Dania Beach, Fl. 
Please attend and speak out! 

2) We encourage those of you who sent letters and e-mail in 
January, to remind the commission that you are still here and 
your voice still counts!

And for those of you who are hearing about this for the first 
time, we invite you to get your voice heard too. 

Write the FFWCC Commission in support of the 
Ban on Underwater Fish Feeding: 

Ms. Julie K. Morris, Chair
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
New College Environmental Studies Program
5700 North Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL., 34243
phone: (941) 359-4299
fax: (941) 359-1543
email: marine at gfc_state.fl.us. 

Dr. Russell Nelson, Director
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
620 So. Meridian Street
Tallahassee, FL., 32399-1600

To view a related Miami Herald article, goto:

For even more information Contact Paul G. Johnson, 
Reef Relief, Special Projects
phone: (850) 926-7439
email: PAULJ488 at AOL_COM.

Or Contact Reef Relief Headquarters:
phone: (305) 294-3100
email: reef at bellsouth_net.


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Every day during Reef Awareness Week we will feature, on our
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