One thing, done by millions of people, makes a difference

We asked leaders of Florida marine and wildlife conservation groups what is one thing Floridians could do to improve conservation practices in the state. Here’s what they had to say.


 

“Practice ethical angling, reduce your use of plastics and any potentially harmful products that contaminate our waters. Stay engaged as an advocate for conservation on a larger scale, both individually and through your support of conservation organizations working on the front lines.”

    Jim McDuffie
    President and Chief Executive Officer Bonefish & Tarpon Trust

 


 

“Civic engagement. Not only should you know your representatives, but they should know you. Write one letter or email a month, make one call a week, and read one story a day. This is one of the best ways to protect our water resources in South Florida, by constantly advocating for them.”

    Kelly Cox
    Program Director Miami Waterkeeper

 


 

“Maintenance of our yards can have a significant impact upon the health of our waters. We can reduce our impact by making thoughtful decisions. If you fertilize, use slow-release, water insoluble nitrogen with no phosphorus, no herbicides and no pesticides. In addition, we have to be informed and engaged to hold our elected officials accountable to do their part to stop pollution at its source.”

    Lisa Rinaman
    St. Johns Riverkeeper

 


 

“Florida anglers must insist that elected and appointed officials support clean water and wetlands protection as well as Everglades restoration.”

    Manley Fuller
    President Florida Wildlife Federation

 


 

“The most important thing folks can do is learn who their clean water candidates are, vote for them every chance they get, tell their friends to vote for them, and have a party on election day to celebrate voting for clean water.”

    Alex Gillen
    Policy Director Bullsugar.org

 


 

“Get involved with an organization like Coastal Conservation Association. This involvement can help guide you in writing letters to public officials or government agencies to support positions and legislation you believe in, and provides volunteer opportunities with projects that will help in conservation efforts.”

    Trip Aukeman
    Director of Advocacy Coastal Conservation Association

 


First Published Florida Sportsman Magazine November 2018

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