Florida’s New Biscayne National Park

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Florida’s Biscayne National Park, within sight of Miami, is the continental United States’ only tropical coral reef system.

It just received a boost this week when the United States government announced its new plan that includes a marine reserve zone.

The plan is a ​chart and ​​guide​ for the next 20 years,” Matt Johnson, ​public affairs specialist for the National Park Service Southeast Region. “The marine reserve zone will protect a third of the park’s coral reef tract from fishing pressure, thus giving the reefs the resilience they need to withstand factors outside of agency control, such as global warming, ocean acidification, and coral diseases.”

The plan’s zones will help ensure that the park’s extraordinary coral reefs, ​​mangrove forests​, extensive tracts of Biscayne Bay and the Florida Keys, ​and 10,000 years of human history, are protected for future generations.”

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