[Coral-List] Fwd: FL Legislature and SEAKEYS

Ian Zink izink at rsmas.miami.edu
Thu Mar 8 11:47:31 EST 2012

Please correct me if I am wrong, but according to US fisheries 
management councils, the Gulf of Mexico includes water north and west of 
the Keys, will the demarcation line between GOM and S. Atlantic running 
due west out of Key West (or is it Dry Tortugas?).  Does the state of 
FL, including the sizes of its state waters and zones of jurisdiction, 
follow these rules?

So, if the SEAKEYS stations are off the Atlantic coast (on reefs south 
or SE off the Keys), and they are more than 3 nmi offshore, then they 
are in Federal waters?

Though it is very unfortunate that funding was lost for these stations, 
just trying to makes sure the discussion stays grounded in fact/law.

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  Ian C. Zink
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  Cooperative Institute for Marine&  Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS)
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On 3/8/2012 11:05 AM, Mel Briscoe wrote:
> Florida's seaward boundary in the Gulf of Mexico is 3 marine leagues (9
> nautical miles) and is 3 nautical miles in the Atlantic.
> They could fund it if they wanted to.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
> [mailto:coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov] On Behalf Of Jim Hendee
> Sent: Thursday, March 08, 2012 7:27 AM
> To: Coral-List
> Cc: Jon Fajans
> Subject: [Coral-List] Fwd: FL Legislature and SEAKEYS
> Coral-Listers,
>     The (previous) Field Operations Manager of SEAKEYS, Jon Fajans, sent me a
> reminder about why the State of Florida has declined supporting the
> continued maintenance of the network:
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Jon Fajans
> Date: Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 12:31 PM
> Subject: FL Legislature and SEAKEYS
> To: Jim Hendee<Jim.Hendee at noaa.gov>
> Hi Jim,****
> ** **
> The State of Florida has been asked repeatedly for funding for the SEAKEYS
> program, and each time they have declined, pointing out that the stations
> (and the reef for that matter) are in federal waters outside the State's
> three mile boundary.****
> ** **
> Jon Fajans****
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