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Our Florida Reefs Introduces Possible MPAs

After two years of planning meetings, this week the Our Florida Reefs Initiative unveiled its working recommendations to protect reef systems off the four-county southeast Florida coastline, from offshore of St. Lucie Inlet in Martin County south to the northern border of Biscayne National Park in Miami-Dade County.


Fishing Rights are Under Attack in Southeast Florida

Our Florida Reefs, which refers to itself innocuously as a “community-based planning process,” in reality is attempting to stop you from fishing. They have proposed 28 marine protected areas that would prohibit recreational fishing by creating “no-take zones” from Stuart Inlet all the way to Key Biscayne. They also want to nominate the entire area as a National Marine Sanctuary.


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Reclassify West Indian Manatee from Endangered to Threatened

As a result of significant improvements in its population and habitat conditions and reductions in direct threats, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced today that the West Indian manatee is proposed to be downlisted from endangered to threatened status under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The proposal to down list the manatee to threatened will not affect federal protections currently afforded by the ESA, and the Service remains committed to conservation actions to fully recover manatee populations.

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Florida Recreational Anglers Avoid Another Closure

Recreational anglers in the Ft. Lauderdale area avoided a closure to fishing on a portion of Ft. Lauderdale beach recently, albeit a time closure.


Register for the 2016 Python Challenge

Want to help conserve Florida’s unique Everglades ecosystem? Then sign up for the 2016 Python Challenge™ competition and join the Florida Fish and Conservation Commission (FWC), the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida Inc. and partners to remove invasive Burmese pythons from public lands in south Florida.


Gulf State Recreational Red Snapper Season Reopens Labor Day weekend

The recreational red snapper season for Gulf state waters reopens to harvest Labor Day weekend, September 5th through 7th, and will continue to be open for Saturdays and Sundays in September and October with the last day of harvest being Sunday, November 1st.


Snook Season Opening September First

The recreational harvest season for snook, a premier Florida fish, starts September first statewide. Unique to the region, snook are one of the many reasons Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World.


Help South Florida Bonefish Populations

If you fish or have fished for bonefish in Florida Bay, the Florida Keys, or Biscayne Bay, we need your help! Please tell us about your bonefishing experiences.

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Biscayne National Park Hearing

In June, Biscayne National Park announced plans to created an aquatic preserve, closing 10,000 acres, or 6% of the park (21% of the park’s reef environment) to fishing. On Monday, August 3rd, the House Committee on Natural Resources and the House Small Business Committee led a hearing in Homestead to discuss concerns over the pending closure.


Major Poaching Bust in SW FL

From FWC News Release, July 20, 2015 The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) arrested four people over the…»


WIN a Lifetime Sportsman’s License!

The “I DO” Campaign is offering anglers the opportunity to WIN a Lifetime Sportsman’s License (includes Hunting, Freshwater Fishing and Saltwater Fishing licenses; and Deer, Wildlife Management Area, Archery, Muzzle loading Gun, Crossbow, Turkey, Florida Waterfowl, Snook and Lobster permits), a $1,000 value!

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Controversial Changes to Bahamian Flats Fishing Being Discussed

Potential changes to Bahamian flats fishing regulations, which some U.S.-based experts say could deal a blow to fishing tourism to those islands, are now being discussed by Bahamian officials.


First Annual Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day a Success

Florida’s first annual Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day (first Saturday after Mother’s Day) was a success, from statewide lionfish removal efforts to unveiling the new “Reef Rangers” lionfish removal program to educating the public about lionfish.

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Changes to Red grouper Bag Limit in Gulf Waters

The red grouper recreational bag limit will change from four to two fish per person in Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters, excluding Monroe County, on May 7.


Strategies to Help Support State Game Wardens

By James Swan Each state has its own natural resources agency that includes law enforcement officers who have different names…»

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CCA St. Johns River Reef Creation Project

Over thirteen hundreds tons of concrete reef material has been successfully placed in the St. Johns River. The purpose of the this project was to create habitat benefitting the river environment while providing a recreational fishing destination.