To: Department of Florida Marine Fish and Wildlife
Re: Illegal spear fishing. As per Florida Department of Marine Fish and Wildlife Fishing Regulations, July 1, 2001
Look, I like spear fishing, but there’s a time and place for everything. This isn’t either! (SCROLL TO SEE PHOTOS!)
Problem: I have seen many dozens of spear fishermen on the North Jetty at Government Cut every year since I started skin diving there in 1985. It’s destroying it.
The Law: You cannot spearfish on a Jetty this size, it’s only 600 yards. Only on a Jetty 1,500 yards can you spearfish and then only on the last 500 feet past that point. The Jetty extends only 600 yards from the beach to its end, so it is illegal. However, much worse than breaking this law, is the destruction of the aquatic ecological life that exists there.
I have seen angel fish, parrot fish, octopus, blowfish, and many other species of fish killed there illegally by spearfishing. MAnd, usually just left there to die.
Over the last 33 years, I have been snorkeling to the end of the South Beach Jetty, over 500 times, probably more, I have taken family, friends and children there to show let them have this incredible experience. It is such a wonderful place to see, I cannot describe it in words. There are giant Tarpon, even massive schools of them as there are, large grouper, sharks, manatees, angel fish, blowfish, barracuda, green eels, lobster, octopus, crabs, shellfish an extremely large variety of tropical fish. In an hour snorkeling, one can easily see over 50 species of fish and, and huge schools, literally hundreds of thousands of various junvenile and bait fish. There’s a true undersea paradise there for all of us to enjoy. It depth runs from the beach to about 20 feet at its tip. It’s a perfect place to teach children and others about the beauty of nature and why we need to protect it.
It should be respected and cherished. Our fresh water and marine environment is what made Florida famous. However, even those sanctuaries set up for our ocean reefs, the Everglades and Natural Springs are being destroyed.
It saddens me to see so many people walking onto the beach at South Point Park carrying spear fishing gear right on to Miami Beach and into the water and heading out along the Jetty. There are signs explaing not to disrespect the beach but nothing about spearfishing even though it too is illegal. It would be a very good idea to make signs now, that it is illegal to spearfish on the Jetty, I believe. It may also prevent someone from being accidentally shoot with a spear gun as it’s also one of Florida’s most populated swimming spots.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I hope you too will come see this amazing place right on our doorstep.
To see a photos of what I have seen there go to www.sunelec.com/johnsblog.
I look forward to seeing those signs. I know the Life Guards on Miami Beach in SOBE will support us.
Law : You cannot spearfish on a Jetty smaller in size of 1,500 yards. This one’s only 600 yards! Only on a Jetty 1,500 yards can you spearfish and then only on the last 500 feet past it. All spearfishing must be at least 100 feet from the rocks. Fishing is permitted, however and I don’t think most people have any problem with that. It’s very different that shooting fish. The North Government Cut Jetty extends out to sea from the mainland (the beach) to its end point, 600 yards, so it illegal. Much Worse however, than breaking the law, is the destruction of the aquatic marine life and ecological system that exists there. I have seen them spear parrotfish, angel fish, octopus, blowfish, and many other species just to leave them there, severely wounded or dead.
I have been snorkeling to the end of the Jetty over 500 times, perhaps more. It is such a wonderful experience every time, you never know what you will see, but you can be sure you will probably see something amazing, I cannot describe it in words. There are giant Tarpon, large grouper, sharks, manta rays, manatees, angel fish, blow fish, barracuda, green eels, lobster, crabs, octopus, and an unbelievable large variety of large and small tropical fish. In just an hour dive, one can easily see well over 50 species of fish and animals. Often, especially in the spring, there are massive schools, literally hundreds of thousands of various juvenile fish, as well as schools of larger bait fish that can be the size of a football field. It’s an aquatic paradise for all of us to enjoy and a place to teach adults, and most especially children, about the beauty of marine life, how we can protect it and one very good motivation for learning to swim. It’s a whole new world, beautiful and a very exciting adventure. And it’s so incredibly close. It’s only 5 min. via the MacArthur Causeway from downtown Miami!
It should be and must be respected and protected like all life on this planet. Our fresh and marine water environment is what makes Florida and our planet so fantastic, yet our reefs and even those sanctuaries set up for their protection have been and are continuing to be destroyed every day.
It saddens me to see so many people walking onto the beach at south point park carrying spear fishing gear into the water and heading out along the Jetty. There are signs everywhere explaining what you can’t do on the beach, but nothing about in the water, spearfishing isn’t mentioned although it’s illegal. It would be a very good idea to make signs now, that it’s illegal to spearfish on the Jetty, I believe. It may also prevent someone from being accidentally shoot by a speargun. There are thousands of people there almost every day of the year.
Please write back with your opinion of this request. I think if people could just see what’s just under the surface (the jetty is only 23 feet deep even at its furthest point) what’s there, they would all support protecting it.
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