Effort to ‘save the bay’ urged

Published: Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 10:53 AM.

Dusty May urged Port St. Joe commissioners Tuesday night to support a grassroots effort to address problems with “bay bottom destruction” that plague St. Joseph Bay.

That would be one aspect of a multi-pronged approach, May said, to “save the bay” before somebody else takes action.

Specifically, May mentioned the Pew Charitable Trusts and its far-reaching program addressing environmental issues around the globe.

While emphasizing he has no indication St. Joseph Bay is on the non-profit’s radar, he noted the organization’s reach, resources and advocacy and said the organization was currently involved in an effort to shut down a bay in the Florida Keys.

The Pew Charitable Trusts’ role in studying the Gulf of Mexico has been a significant factor, many regional fishing organizations contend, in significant restrictions on season-length and catch-size for fishing in the gulf.

“If we don’t do something somebody else will,” May said. “They do their homework and that bay could be shut down or taken from us.”

The primary issue May addressed was the “trenches” and other evidence of deep scarring by boats in the bay bottom.

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