Petitioning Department of Defense and 1 other

Reef the fish & dive "Towers" off the coast of Collier and Florida Keys

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It has been brought to our attention the decommissioned radio towers that offer irreplaceable fish havens are in the process of being removed or reefed. We, The Collier County Waterkeeper, numerous organizations from Sanibel to Key West and the signers of this petition ask you to consider the negative environmental & monetary impacts removing these amazing towers, instead of reefing them, will have on our fishing and tourism industry. Reefing the towers would continue to provide our fishery with the numerous towers' ability to attract fish.  

Recently, off the coast of Naples, 35 artificial reefs were sunk which have already proven their worth in attracting fish. These reefs will last a lifetime and were strategically positioned to attract fish. The Gulf is a thriving fish haven, one of the greatest in the world. Fish have relatively no structures to call home and The Towers are like an oasis that fish species are instinctively drawn to. Removing them would be a travesty to our local communities and an antithesis to the campaign for artificial reefs in our local waters.

If you are big into fishing in the Florida Keys or Southwest Florida, you are familiar with the lure of the “Towers” off of the coast. These towers are proven to attract countless species of fish, corals and marine life. Many fishing trips offshore including charter captains, tourists, recreational & commercial fishermen depend on these towers for their livelihood and pursuit of happiness. The towers are an amazing SCUBA and freedive site as well. The Towers are home to goliath grouper which the city of Naples uses to determine species counts and breeding pattern annually. 

Please sign this petition to tell the Army Corps of Engineers and The Department Of Defense to reef, not remove, the towers off of our coast to ensure a lasting legacy of these towers. 

 Locations of towers: http://www.floridagofishing.com/_images/charts-maps/radio-towers-sw-gulf-of-mexico.JPG

 

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