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Starting April 1, harvest of tropical aquarium species prohibited at Blue Heron Bridge dive site

Media contact: Amanda Nalley, 850-404-6100 or Amanda.Nalley@MyFWC.com Release Date: 03-27-2019   All Articles Tags:

In an effort to maintain high-quality snorkeling and diving opportunities at the Blue Heron Bridge/Phil Foster County Park in Palm Beach County, the following change will go into effect April 1:

  • Collection and possession of marine life fishery species (species collected for and managed for the tropical aquarium trade) is prohibited within the park and surrounding waters (prohibitions will not apply to other fishing activities, such as hook-and-line fishing or lobstering).

Direct transit of marine life species legally harvested outside the closed area through the closed area is permitted by motorized vessel so long as the vessel does not stop. Species collected outside the closed area may also be landed by motorized vessel at the park boat ramp and docks.

The Blue Heron Bridge area was named one of the 50 best dive sites in the world by PADI Sport Diver magazine and referred to as Florida’s “best shore dive” by SCUBA Diving Magazine.