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Keys Dry Tortugas reserve is thriving

Supporters of the Tortugas Ecological Reserves predicted that creating 151 square miles of no-take waters would lead to larger fish, and more of them. A dozen years later, a new federal study says they were right.

PRLog - March 29, 2013 - KEY WEST, Fla. -- Per the summary from the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, which oversees the Tortugas Reserves. "Overfished species such as black and red grouper, yellowtail and mutton snapper increased in presence, abundance and size inside the reserve and throughout the region."

The report spearheaded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Centers for Coastal Ocean Science says Key West fishing docks reported $56 million in landings in 2011, up from $40 million in 2001 when the reserves were enacted.

"This research shows that marine reserves and economically viable fishing industries can co-exist," Keys sanctuary Superintendent Sean Morton said. "The health of our economy is tied to the health of our oceans. They are not mutually exclusive."

March 29th, 2013, Key West, Florida Keys. Per Fred Mullins and Team Mullins, Key West’s top producing Real Estate Team. “Our environment and the recreational options we offer such as fishing are one of the main reasons people want to live or visit the Keys.

When asked to elaborate on how this could affect the Real Estate market, Fred remarked, "The fact that our fisheries are actually improving provides another major incentive to both our local residents as well as our visitors. In short, better fishing means more people will come here which always winds up as a benefit for local businesses as well as home sales.

Fred Mullins has more than 15 years of cross functional experience in real estate, international asset management and construction management. He has been a part of the management team for several Fortune 100 companies, including AT&T, Visa, FPL and C. B. Richard Ellis. His responsibilities have included real estate / property management portfolios of more than 9 million square ft. and international responsibilities in more than 10 countries.

Fred holds an MBA, B.S., real estate license, mortgage broker’s license, USCG Master Captains license and commercial pilot’s license.

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