NOAA Keeps Protections in Place for Florida’s Oculina Bank

Pew thanks agency for rejecting fishery management council proposal to allow trawling

NOAA Keeps Protections in Place for Florida's Oculina Bank

On Aug. 25, 2022, The Pew Charitable Trusts submitted a letter to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service thanking the agency for rejecting a plan to reopen a 22-mile section of the Oculina Bank Habitat Area of Particular Concern to bottom trawling for rock shrimp.

Pew’s letter emphasized that keeping protections in place shows the Biden administration’s strong commitment to science and conservation efforts, including the America the Beautiful initiative.

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