Written by Bill Cooksey of Vanishing Paradise:
If you ever dreamed of fishing South Florida, book your trip now because it’s fading fast. About all most people know is some beaches have been closed due to algae blooms, but a few beach closings are only the tip of the iceberg. Fisheries from Okeechobee to Florida Bay are in desperate peril, but so few are talking about it, sportsmen from other parts of the country are wholly unaware.
Did you know?
- Over 47,000 acres of seagrass in St. Lucie and The Indian River Lagoon have been destroyed by algae blooms
- Salinity in Florida Bay is now twice the normal level
- In 2016 a toxic algae bloom covered 239 square miles of Okeechobee
- The Everglades are slowly choking to death
- The Biscayne Aquifer is slowly drying up due to low water flows in the Everglades (8 million people depend on this water source)
- This is a manmade problem
- It can be fixed
This month, Vanishing Paradise is conducting a major push among bloggers to bring awareness to sportsmen because they are the true voice of conservation. Please contact us; we have the information and interview contacts to make a quick turnaround possible. Help us fight for the sport.