Canaveral National Seashore - - Titusville, Florida - Press Release
Headquarters: 212 S. Washington Ave., Titusville, FL 32796 -- (321) 267-1110
Information Center: 7611 South Atlantic Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169 -- (386) 428-3384
May 2, 2017
CONTACT: Laura Henning — 386-428-3384
Recreational Crab Fishing Closes in Playalinda District of Canaveral National Seashore Effective May 22, 2017
Effective May 22, 2017, recreational crab fishing along Mosquito Lagoon in the Playalinda district of Canaveral National Seashore will be prohibited. Park staff is evaluating associated safety concerns and the activity's impact to park resources. The protection of visitors and wildlife is paramount to the mission of Canaveral National Seashore.
Beginning at the entrance to the seashore and along the beach road including Eddy Creek, this activity will no longer be permitted. Hand-held crab lines attract alligators and increase interactions with those crabbing. Abandoned crab lines have entangled wildlife, and threatens their safety. Alligators have become accustomed to visitors crabbing or stopping along the roadway, associate food with the visitors and lose their fear of humans. There have been documented confrontations and near misses including an alligator that was entangled in crab lines and was euthanized.
For updated closure information please call (321) 267-1110 ext. 14, see website www.nps.gov/cana, FaceBook@CanaveralNatlSeashore. If you wish to comment, please see https://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectID=72663
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