Monthly Archives: November 2015

Interested in Charlotte Harbor Fisheries? Your input is needed!

photo 4Are you interested in the fisheries of Charlotte Harbor? Are you a recreational angler? A commercial fishermen? A clam farmer? Do you work at a bait and tackle shop? A marina? A fish house? Or maybe you work for some other business that relies on Charlotte Harbor fisheries?  If you answered yes to any of these questions then the Charlotte Harbor Fisheries Forum wants to hear from you!

How? – The Fisheries Forum through the University of Florida has developed an online survey which may be accessed here: Charlotte Harbor Survey .

What is the Charlotte Harbor Fisheries Forum? – The fisheries forum is comprised of a group of recreational anglers, commercial fishermen, researchers, resource managers, law enforcement officers, tourism officials, and business owners who have been meeting monthly for the past year to discuss issues related to Charlotte Harbor fisheries. The forum aims to: provide a venue for long-term engagement; provide for in-depth consideration of local fisheries issues; improve links between local knowledge and science; and represent local-based perspectives to management agencies. Anyone who is interested in Charlotte Harbor fisheries can participate in the forum.

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What YOU need to know about Sea Level Rise

Southwest Florida is experiencing sea level rise. However, if we inform ourselves with the science and plan collectively as a community, we will be more resilient to any potential impacts. After a careful review of scientific research and associated literature, the Tampa Bay Climate Science Advisory Panel, an ad-hoc group of local scientific experts, has drafted a “Recommended Projection of Sea Level Rise in the Tampa Bay Region“.  Come learn about the report, ask questions, and discuss next steps for our region at 7pm November 5th Salty Topics at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33702.‪

Beach ErosionThe recommendation provides guidance on what sea level rise projections should be incorporated into local planning efforts. The Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council (TBRPC) has voted unanimously to accept the  Recommendation for distribution to local governments. The TBRPC One Bay Resilient Communities Working Group will continue to facilitate the discussion of adaptation planning with planners, emergency managers and government leaders to identify practical and incremental solutions to address sea level rise.

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