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RESCIND THE FISHING BY TROLLING EXEMPTION AT ALLIGATOR SPA TO PREVENT INJURIES TO DIVERS/SNORKELERS

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Sanctuary Preservation Areas (SPAs) were created "to separate users engaged in different kinds of activities.  Diving, snorkeling and boating are allowed within these zones... the following activities are prohibited... FISHING BY ANY MEANS"...(www.floridakey.noaa.gov/zones/spas/welcome.html)

Yet Alligator SPA is 1 of 4 SPAs where catch & release TROLLING is still permitted!  

TROLLING creates a SAFETY ISSUE for divers/snorkelers who run the risk of being injured by moving boat hulls, spinning props & fishing lines and hooks.   

Alligator SPA is visited by more than 30,000 divers/snorkelers every year and Alligator Ledge is a top destination site for the diving/snorkeling community in Islamorada, FL.

Alligator SPA only encompasses ~1/2 sq mile, and within the SPA, Alligator Ledge is ~320 yards long and has 5 mooring balls that sit along the top of the ledge in ~15 ft of water. The mooring balls state "NO FISHING".

Incidents have occurred where fishing boats troll along the ledge and between the mooring balls directly over divers in <15 ft of water.  Divers have NO WHERE TO GO to escape the spinning props, fishing lines and hooks.

The National Marine Sanctuary is reviewing the policies governing the Marine Sanctuary and SPAs.  NOW IS THE TIME TO REMOVE THE EXEMPTION THAT ALLOWS TROLLING WITHIN ALLIGATOR SPA.

PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION TO STOP TROLLING IN ALLIGATOR SPA!

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