Conservation News


FWC Approves Gulf Greater Amberjack Season Closure

At its September 8th meeting in St. Augustine, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved closing Gulf state waters to recreational harvest of greater amberjack for the remainder of 2016. This closure was put into place because NOAA Fisheries estimates that the annual federal recreational quota was exceeded.

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2016 Florida Sportsman Bass & Birdies Classic

Fishing tackle industry figures from around the world showed their drive at the third annual Florida Sportsman Bass & Birdies Classic. The unique event, a hybrid golf and bass tournament, heralds the opening of the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, or ICAST, which is the world’s premier fishing tackle trade show.


August “Outta the Woods”

Help monitor for CWD; Floridians hunting out of state need to be aware of what they can bring back.

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Gulf State Red Snapper Bill Moves Forward

Some good news from American Sportfishing Association: HR 3094 has passed the House Natural Resources Committee. Now would be a…»


Apply for Fall Quota Permits and Special-Op Hunts Now!

The summer brings fishing and other recreational activities, but it’s never too early to start planning for the upcoming hunting season. If you’re going to hunt public land, you may submit your applications for fall quota hunt permits from now through June 15 to hunt during archery, muzzleloading gun and the general gun season.


Speak Up Against Closures, Gang, Your Voice Is Needed

It’s urgent that fishing conservationists attend a special hearing on the federal government’s proposal to shut down recreational angling in a third of the historic and productive reefs off Florida’s southeast coast.


More Outlets Could Help Stop Lagoon Pollution

A longtime science teacher and angler, Tim Ayers, writes the following letter in support of creating additional connections between the ocean and Indian River Lagoon.


Mutton Snapper Workshops Begin Monday

If you fish for mutton snapper or are just interested in their management, please attend one of these workshops.

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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.