USFWS throws the Cooperative Agreement with the State of Florida out of balance. The Feds ignore Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and State law regarding Boaters Rights. Also read about Timeline of Contradictions in seizing Kings Bay
May 29, 2012 – Save Crystal River’s updated web site asks provocative questions andexposes truths about disputes with US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) & seizing Florida waters.
Why is nothing done to downlist?
• What is the Real Growth
of Manatee populations over 20 years?
– In 2009,USFWS stated
“..manatees that winter in the Crystal and Homosassa Rivers) are doing quite well..population growth rates and adult survival rates in this area have been increasing and are among the highest in the State
In 2010, USFWS seized Kings Bay anywayflouting the ESA
’s “emergency rule” which requires the “species be at risk” but they already admitted it was not. See a Timeline
of contradictions seizing Kings Bay.
Faulty Boating Economics
Ignoring a 2009 study
by Mich State U & hosted by Fla Wildlife Commission, USFWS used inflated boat registration figures to shove the Kings Bay seizure past objections from:
• Both houses of the Florida Legislature;
• Unanimous vote by Citrus County BOCC
• Unanimous vote by Crystal River City Council
• Florida FWC Commission;
• 1,500 local SCR Petition signers;
• Coastal Conservation Assoc-Florida Chapter
This is why SaveCrystalRiver, Inc is determined to Remove Federal Control of Kings Bay AND work to protect other communities from the over-reach of USFWS. Please join us.
Over regulation of boating by USFWS threatens this economic engine ASK:
Is USFWS coming to your community or County next to over regulate boating and saltwater fishing “solely to prevent” the disturbance of one manatee?
Michigan State University’s Recreational Marine Research Center
– hosted by Florida FWC Commission – estimates boating has a $60 Million
economic impact in Citrus County.
– over 64,000
from commercial fisheries on Florida’s Gulf Coast alone
According to Florida FWC Commission:
• Florida is the “Fishing Capital of the World” with more world record catches than any other state or country.”
• Florida also leads all states in economic impacts for its marine recreational fisheries.
Why would we want to destroy it by over regulation?
What you can do:
Commissioners to Amend
USFWS & Florida
officials to Support Amending
out of balance Florida &