Posted February 03, 2019 09:29:49 The Florida Department of Agriculture says it’s getting ready to launch a statewide program to stop the slaughter of thousands of thousands, if not millions, of dead crabs, bass and other fish in Tampa Bay’s bay and other waterways.
The goal is to cut the death toll in the bay by 75 percent.
But it won’t be easy.
Many of the bay’s waterways and swamps are not protected from the bay and it is not safe to swim or paddle in the water there.
“I don’t know how you can do that,” said David Brown, a professor at Florida Atlantic University and a past president of the National Marine Fisheries Service.
“You’re just going to end up with millions of dead crab in the waterways.
That’s just not going to happen.”
As the agency has tried to implement the program, it’s been beset by delays, lawsuits and even the loss of one of its top staffers.
It’s been one of the most frustrating periods in the state’s seafood industry.
The agency is still trying to figure out how to do what it needs to do to make sure it can meet its mandate to reduce the bay death toll.
The first step is to find out exactly what is happening, said Scott Johnson, a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
“We need to understand what’s going on,” Johnson said.
“It’s important to understand that we are not going down a rabbit hole.”
In the past, the agency said it could have done the same thing and made a difference, but the fish and wildlife department has not had the funding and the resources to do that.
But now, the federal government is getting involved.
The federal Fish and Food Administration is providing $2 million for a new system to track dead crab, bass, lobsters and other species.
And, according to a statement from the agency, it is now working with the National Fisheries Institute to develop a national program to monitor dead fish.
“The goal is not just to eliminate the threat of the fishery, but to have the fishers and the fisherwomen who catch the fish, know how many are there, and how many were there when we’re not looking for them,” Johnson told The Globe and Mail.
“And we need to have a mechanism in place where they can come and inspect and determine what is going on.”
He said he hopes the agency can use the funding to start a pilot program to reduce fish mortality in a few of the waters.
“That’s going to be an opportunity for us to look at the fish populations and identify those that are really problematic,” Johnson added.
“This is something that we can start with in Florida.”
The agency says it will also use the money to develop guidelines for the fish industry to help ensure that fishers are following federal regulations and the best management practices.
It says it also plans to create a national fishery management plan to help the agency better manage the fisher’s catch and the waters around it.
The program is being called the Fisherfish Protection Program.
The department will also be working with state and local fisheries managers to ensure that the fisher system is safe.
Johnson said he believes the fisher program is not the only way to save the bay.
He also said the bay needs to be protected.
“There are lots of other things that we need done that are not only in the fishering and fishing management,” Johnson noted.
“In terms of fisheries, we need people working in other areas.
We need to invest in the education system.
We also need to educate people about the bay.”
The program will cost about $10 million, according the department.
The fish program will be the first step.
The Fisher Fish Protection Program was announced in November 2017, but it was not fully implemented until this spring.
The fishery program is expected to cost $1.4 million.
There are about 2.4 billion live fish in the Bay of Naples, a region of more than 8 million people, according a report released in October 2018.
The report said the fisher fishery is one of Florida’s top priorities.
But the fisher population has been declining for decades and some estimates suggest that by 2030, the fisher catch is projected to drop by as much as 40 percent.
The bay is also in trouble.
In January, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a report that said a new wave of Atlantic hurricanes could bring up to 5 inches of rain to the Bay in the next six years, potentially wiping out half of the species.
In 2017, Hurricane Amelia struck the bay in January, killing 11 people and causing about $500 million in property damage.
In October, another major hurricane, Hurricane Joaquin, hit the bay, knocking out power and killing hundreds of people.
A fourth major hurricane was expected to hit the Bay on February 11, 2018.
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