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What Is A Fishery Issue?

The post title omits the term, “Freshwater” because at this point I am sure you understand that fishery issues are discussed in the context of non-saltwater bodies.

For the sake of future ease of reference, allow me orthographical license to abbreviate an idea and a title with one acronym. Instead of refering to “bodies of freshwater” continually and combining the additional subject of “issues” to it, let’s reverse the first subject to “Freshwater Bodies” and add the second subject “Issues” to result in something easy to remember, “FBI“.

FBI’s are first created when people become involved with freshwater bodies in all the varities of ways they have interests in. Eventually when enough people are using them without the proper safeguards in place and proper implementation, the nature and state starts to change for the worse and responsible action is required to maintain an optimum level of health.

Herein lies the challenge which was first addressed by Florida’s people about a century ago. Without presenting a complete history of freshwater management in Florida, let’s start with the federal, state, and county agencies as they are today, in place and operating under the current State Statues the lawmakers put in place.

The people interested in FBs vary greatly in those interests, however many of the issues are shared in common within that diversity. It is this common ground that many FB users hope to build relationship upon in order to stand and be heard as one unified voice in the ears of the legislature.

A coalition is essentially a partnership centered on one or more reasons, efforts, and causes, that ulitimately have the same shared goal which all parties have a stake in.

Therefore their “issues” are defined as problems or deficiencies with the current plan, policy, and laws, that does not have an adequate or correct result as they veiw it. The end result is that people who expect to benefit from the lake management agencies plans and work, in the end do not, but instead suffer decline in the level of ability to enjoy their FB, thus an FBI is created and the need for responsible action arises on the part of the people involved.

The only way we can know what our issues are is for each one of us to sit down together in order to compare our information and understanding of situations we find unacceptable within the federal, state, and county management agencies’ end results and proposed future plans.

We hope you’ll partner with us so that we will work to define our issues correctly and form a plan by which those FBIs will ultimately become tomorrow’s optimum FB management plan, legislation, law and policy.

Who Are The Partners?

There are two types of partners in this coalition; Voting and Non-Voting Partners.

A Non-Voting Partner is an individual who is a licensed Florida angler that takes an active interest in the Mission and Purpose of FLFFC Inc. and is willing to consider joining one or more of the Coalition Partner Organizations of their choosing.

There is no coalition membership fee required, however we ask that you provide your name, address, phone and email address, along with a brief statement regarding Florida Freshwater Fishing Issues that you are concerned with.

Since we are primarily a coalition of organizations partnered together by “Issues”, it is essential for us to understand your freshwater fishery concerns and interests, and to introduce you to each one of our partner organizations so that you are able to make the best choice to address your needs.

We look forward to having a relationship with you through one or more of our partner organization’s memberships. The memberships of our partners is the strength of our coalition and the driving force that motivates us to work on your behalf.

A Voting Partner is any type of organization that has a supportive interest in Florida’s Freshwater Fisheries and then the board chooses one of three partnership-level options for their representative to participate within the coalition process.

The types of organizations who are interested in Florida’s various types of bodies of freshwater are many;

  1. Anglers of every type of fish in Florida–“The Fishing Capitol of the World”.
  2. Artists of all types, capturing freshwater places in time for all generations.
  3. Boaters of all types enjoying bodies of freshwater in a varieties of ways.
  4. Conservationist working to preserve bodies of freshwater for all.
  5. Educators teaching students about freshwater body environments.
  6. Hikers that prefer the freshwater-body perspective from dry land.
  7. Hunters of wildlife which thrive in and around bodies of freshwater.
  8. Lodging Industry, providing for all involved in lakes, rivers, etc.
  9. Outdoor Activities Industry provides the ways of enjoying bodies of freshwater.
  10. Photographers of freshwater fish, wildlife, and people, – framing the moment.
  11. Scientists research and explore the riches of freshwater environments.
  12. Underwater Divers enjoy the “Fishes’ Eye View” in the bodies of freshwater.

This is a partial list of the organization-types that have key interests in Florida’s bodies of freshwater. Many of them have similar challenges and issues and would therefore benefit from partnerships centered around those important issues.

The FLFFC provides a platform upon which organizations can form a “directory” of freshwater fishery issues and identities. Within this directory a partnership-process system provides participants with an exhaustive issues-vetting procedure which produces the broadest organizational support possible and thereby a greater possibility of success in the State Legislature in respect to the issue at hand.

So if you’re involved with an organization that is in some way connected to freshwater fisheries management directly (as in lake habitat management organizations or groups) or indirectly (as in recreational lake-user groups or associations)  or you are just a concerned citizen desiring to take part in the freshwater fishery users uniting within a statewide coalition,  please take the time to review our website and register. Post your comments and contact us with any thoughts and questions you might have.

We hope to hear from you