So Local Pasco Podcast, May 6th, 2016. So Local Pasco Marine Environment Victory Edition

Today’s podcast is a bit of a history lesson.  It is also an encouraging story of how WE can shape environmental policy to reflect our values.

I’ve been surprised over the past few months to encounter several folks who had never heard about the decision made by Florida voters in 1994 to drastically change the direction of marine fisheries policy.  It was changed for the better…Not by the Governor, not by our state legislators…But by voters.

The story reflects what is regarded by many as the greatest marine resource protection victory in U.S. history…Protecting species that were vulnerable to overfishing, and setting a standard for good policy that many other states have followed.

It’s an important story to tell, in a time when people feel they have less and less control over their world, and government policy.  It is the story of how, when stymied at every turn by commercial fishing interests (and the legislators that served them), some activists started a movement to take responsibility, and change the very constitution of our state to better reflect our connection to the seas, and to stop commercial interests from collapsing fish stocks, and causing an environmental and economic disaster.

Aircraft would spot schools of redfish, and trammel net boats would encircle ACRES of redfish...A method that was not sustainable, and was collapsing redfish stocks.
Aircraft would spot schools of redfish, and trammel net boats would encircle ACRES of redfish…A method that was not sustainable, and was collapsing redfish stocks.

The boom in demand for mullet roe (egg sacks) began to have a permanent effect on stocks, and accelerated the urgency to protect stocks of mullet, trout, redfish, Spanish and King mackeral, and tarpon, in addition to the DOZENS of non-gamefish species threatened by unsustainable fishing methods.

A rare treat in Florida, mullet roe demand in Asia nearly destroyed the stocks in the Gulf of Mexico, prompting calls for drastic action.
A rare treat in Florida, mullet roe demand in Asia nearly destroyed the stocks in the Gulf of Mexico, prompting calls for drastic action.

Check out today’s podcast, and find out why, and HOW we changed the course of fisheries management in Florida, and elsewhere in the U.S.


If you noticed the change in music, and were wondering…It has been my desire for quite some time, now, to have someone create or provide a LOCAL theme for our LOCAL show, and that happened this week.  I am just thrilled that Dave Eichenberger, one of the finest musicians in Pasco County, gave us permission to use his amazing tune “Sunlight Again” as our So Local Pasco Podcast theme.

You can listen to and buy Dave’s spectacular work at either:

Dave Eichenberger on iTunes

or

Dave EIchenberger in CD Baby

We encourage you to buy Dave’s music…He is an immensely talented guitarist and writer, and we are lucky to have him!


A lot of fun and craziness next Saturday...May 7th!  Come on out and support a great charity.
Last call to come out and paddle with me… Saturday…May 7th! Come on out and support a great charity, Raffle Rescue, of Hudson!

Click the image to sign up, and join ME, from 9-1 Saturday on Miller’s Bayou.


Sorry I can’t make the full announcement today…But SAVE THE DATE, May 21st!  Big event planned, and you won’t want to miss it!

 

~Greg

2 thoughts on “So Local Pasco Podcast, May 6th, 2016. So Local Pasco Marine Environment Victory Edition”

  1. Great podcast today! Focusing on the delicate ecosystem that is West Pasco Co. Is key to its survival. So many incredible memories being out on the water….thanks, as always, for keeping the important things on the table and talked about…

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