Petition to Protect the Blue Heron Bridge Diving Area, Riviera Beach, Florida sign now

We the undersigned request the enactment of a law, regulation, and/or ordinance prohibiting the taking of any and all types of marine creatures (including but not limited to seahorses, frogfish, batfish, blennies, gobies, damsels, crabs, shrimp, octopus, angelfish, wrasses, jawfish, scorpion fish, rays, butterfly fish, parrot fish, nudibranchs, slugs, and worms), sponges, corals, aquatic plants and grasses from the waters underneath the Blue Heron Bridge, Riviera Beach, Florida, (including the smaller east span) and the surrounding waters (i.e., 300 feet to the north and south of the bridge) by any and all means.

We request this action because this area of water is a very unique and popular scuba diving and snorkeling site that is well known internationally for its diverse concentration of marine creatures; but, the area is being depleted and destroyed by individuals capturing the creatures, sponges, corals, and plants/grasses for sale to others and/or for display in personal aquariums.

The Blue Heron bridge is located on the eastern most section of the continental United States, where the warm water of the Gulf Stream current comes in closer than any other place on the east coast. This current brings in larval animals and juveniles of tropical marine species not found anywhere else on the east coast of the United States, depositing them directly under the Blue Heron bridge. The tropical species intermingle with the temperate species normally found in this area, creating one of the most diverse marine habitats anywhere in the United States.

We the undersigned seek to put an immediate stop to the destruction of this unique marine habitat.

--- Additional Information ---

Lazaro Ruda, a frequent diver of the Blue Heron Bridge, notes that the following animals are regularly found at the bridge:

Seahorses (Lined, Longsnout, Dwarf, Pipehorse)
Pipefish (Shortfin, Harlequin, many others)
Frogfish (Striated, Dwarf, Ocellated, many others)
Stargazers (Northern and Southern species)
Flying Gurnard (tons of them)
Searobin (Bandtail and Leopard species)
Batfish (Shortnose, Red-lipped, Polka-dot)
Nudibranchs and Flatworms (many new species)
Rays (Southern, Atlantic, Roughtail, Eagle)
Flounders and Sole
Blennies (Countless species)
Gobies (Countless species)
Octopus (Common, Reef, Atlantic Longarm [Mimic], Pygmy)
Shrimp (Mantis, Bumblebee, Coral Banded (red & yellow), and more)
Eels (every species in the atlantic and MORE)

... and this is just a small of list of the odd and unique. The Blue Heron Bridge is a haven for juvenile tropicals.

For some images of just a few of the animals, see a gallery here:
http://thelivingsea.com/gallery.php?id=58

Also, Laz has written a good article about the bridge:
http://thelivingsea.com/Adventures/MarvelousMuck.php

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  • 10 October 2018974. Rembelt Gomez
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  • 25 February 2016973. Edward C
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  • 18 February 2016972. Trish Mca
    One of a kind , Please protect it
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  • 10 February 2016967. John D
    I approve of a complete ban on collecitng at this site. City, State, Zip Code Delray Beach, FL Country USA
  • 09 February 2016966. Tracey A
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  • 31 January 2016965. Lupo Robertd
    look at the bigger picture City, State, Zip Code miami beach fl 33141
  • 28 January 2016964. Margaret W
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  • 27 January 2016963. Dan H
    How will we inspire our children, if all we do is think about ourselves when it comes to preserving our wild, natural world? As the most intelligent species on our planet, shortsightedness appears to be our greatest strength. And hindsight isn't an effect
  • 23 January 2016962. Sarah C
    Together we can save our Earth! City, State, Zip Code Melbourne, FL 32935 Country United States of America
  • 16 January 2016961. Michael M
    I support this petition
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    I support this petition
  • 11 January 2016959. Steve W
    Please preserve the few rare places like this that remain. City, State, Zip Code Melbourne, FL 32940 Country USA
  • 08 January 2016958. Tom W
    I support this petition
  • 06 January 2016957. Daria Jw
    Once gone...It's gone forever.....It is amazing that such a fragile ecosystem can be legally destroyed. What good can possibly come of the upcoming intrusion into the underwater nursery environment of the BHB? City, State, Zip Code Wellington, FL Country
  • 04 January 2016956. Adam A
    I support this petition
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    I support this petition
  • 29 December 2015954. Jay S
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  • 28 December 2015953. Laura R
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  • 12 December 2015952. Elizabeth Md
    I travel from New England to Riviera Beach several times a year to dive at the Blue Heron Bridge Diving Area because of its amazing diversity of species. The opportunity to dive at Blue Heron Bridge brings tourist dollars to Riviera Beach and the surround
  • 01 December 2015951. Timothy Cf
    I support this petition
  • 30 November 2015950. Aida B
    Please preserve this unique aquatic habitat! City, State, Zip Code Cape Canaveral, FL 32920 Country US
  • 29 November 2015949. Tim Q
    Please perserve our privlege of diving this unique bio-diverse area. I travel to your city from my home and spend money in your economy and so do so many others. I would think that the city would embrace the dive community and even advertise this location
  • 28 November 2015948. Tony P
    I support this petition

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