I am asking a favor of all of you. As most of you know, Bug Light was removed a little over a year ago and the loss of baitfish and other larger fish in that area has been dramatic. Bruce Marx (email listed above) is heading up an effort to restore this FAD. We need letters (Emails) similar to the attached from the American Sportfishing Association from either you personally or your company or both. It doesn’t have to be long, even one paragraph asking for the replacement of that FAD. If you would write the letter to Superintendent Carlstrom but email it to Bruce Marx bmarx@MARLOWADLER.COM. Bruce is a local maritime attorney that has graciously donated his time to this cause. He was successful in recently saving the Bent Range Marker off of Gov’t Cut and needs your help to bring this one back! These letters are all he is asking for in his efforts to convince Superintendent Carlstrom to restore this marker that had existed there since 1929.
Miss Britt Charters
Dear Superintendent Carlstrom:
The American Sportfishing Association’s Keep Florida Fishing campaign emphatically supports
the installation of a Fish Aggregating Device (FAD) in the location of the former Bug Light
Marker within Biscayne National Park.
Bug Light provided important habitat for a wide variety of marine life, and its removal has
resulted in a dramatic decrease in bo& biological diversity and in the presence of baitfish.
Baitfish are not only important ecologically as food sources for other species, but they are also
important economically, serving as the foundation for many recreational fishing activities. The
negative impacts of the Bug Light removal could be reversed with the installation of an FAD at
the Bug Light location that would reestablish necessary habitat to support marine species and
would restore baitfish availability for our anglers.
The mission of the Keep Florida Fishing initiative is to ensure that Florida’s resident anglers and
visitors have abundant fisheries and is backed by the Americam Sporfishing Association& the
nation’s recreational fishing trade association. ASA represents sportfishing manufacture’s,
retailers, wholesalers, and angler advocacy groups, as well as the interests of America’s 46
million recreational anglers, over 3 million of whom reside in or frequent Florida. ASA also
safeguards and promotes the social, economic, and conservation values of sportfishing in
America, which result in a $115 billion per year impact on the nation’s economy and $8.6 billion
in Florida alone.
We urge Biscayne National Park to support the installation of an FAD in the location where the
Bug Light Marker formerly stood and restore the significant environmental and economic
benefits the Marker once provided.
Florida Fishing Policy Director
American Sportfishing Association