Posted by: reefrescue | December 7, 2009

One Big Step Closer to Protection for Florida’s Lemon Sharks!

Every winter, breeding populations of Lemon Sharks congregate in southeast Florida waters. Their predictable behavior makes them vulnerable to fishing pressure and over exploitation. You can help protect the last of these sharks.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has proposed a draft rule (see link below) that will prohibit all harvest of lemon sharks in Florida State waters.

Here’s what you can do to help to get this vital protection approved:

1. Attend the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission meeting December 10th in Clewiston, Florida — Details here: http://www.myfwc.com/commission/2009/Comm_09_AgendaDec.htm

2. If you can’t make the meeting, you can still submit written comments to:

Email: Commissioners@MyFWC.com Mail: Kathleen Hampton Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission 620 South Meridian Street Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600

Sample letter is attached. You may modify this letter to include your personal observations or interest in having these animals protected. Please keep it positive and to the point!

3. Sign the Petition to Protect Lemon Sharks: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/4/urgent-help-needed-to-protect-lemon-sharks

Sample letter:  FWC-Lemon-Dec09.doc

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See Draft Rule:  http://www.myfwc.com/docs/CommissionMeetings/2009/2009_Dec_DraftRule_LemonShark_presentation.pdf

Stay updated at:

Shark Safe Network, they will post developments on their blog: http://www.sharksafenetwork.com/ssn_alert.php

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