Conservation News

Cover of the March 1992 issue, as part of the years-long campaign that resulted in the net ban.

Appeal Court Reinstates Net Ban To End Spurt of Entangling Catches

After a short but scary re-opening of gillnetting in Florida waters, an appeal court Wednesday lifted a lower court’s ruling that had let entanglement gear be used once again following an 18-year ban.

Mullet fisherman lands his full gill net at Arlington Boat Ramp in Jacksonville,  earlier this week.

Net Ban Entangled In Legal Nightmare

Florida’s 18-year-old gillnet ban has been upset by a rural circuit court judge and some netters have already been spreading their meshes in search of large mullet roe profits, although the return of entanglement gear is expected to be ended at any minute.


Atlantic Vermilion Snapper Season Season Eliminated

Atlantic vermilion snapper will remain open to recreational harvest this fall in both state and federal waters now that the season closure has been eliminated.


Floridians For Clean Water

This Saturday October 19th, at Crescent Beach family park the Floridians for clean water rally will be held from 12-3pm. This is in favor of stopping the dumping from lake Okeechobee that is polluting our estuaries all over the state. Come out and show support to stop the discharges from lake “O”.


Gulf Red Snapper Closes Recreationally October 22 in State Waters

The recreational harvest of red snapper will close October 22 in state waters of the Gulf of Mexico, with the final day of harvest being October 21. The season will close Oct. 15 in Gulf federal waters, with the final day of harvesting being today. State waters are from shore to 9 nautical miles in the Gulf and federal waters are from 9 nautical miles out to 200 nautical miles.


Marinequest 2013

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute welcomes the public to the 19th annual…»


FWC, Partners Bust Illegal Internet Sales of Protected Wildlife

Cases involved the unlawful sale of certain species, like fresh and saltwater fish, lobster, snakes, birds and other animals; businesses operating without licenses; and illegal fishing and hunting violations.


FWC Outta’ the Woods

Football season is in full swing, and the 2013-14 hunting season is cranking up. Heck, in Zone A, they’re already into general gun season. But for the rest of us, I’d like to cover some things you should know regarding three hunting seasons that are just around the corner: muzzleloading gun, gray squirrel and the first phase of dove.


Florida East Coast Anglers Can Help FWC Collect Red Snapper Data

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) researchers are asking anglers to help them gather information about the important Atlantic red snapper fishery.


Results Are In for Public Survey on Goliath Grouper

News Bulletin From University of Florida IFAS and Florida Sea Grant, July 31, 2013 Depending on one’s perspective, goliath grouper…»


Hunting Season is Almost Here!

On the website, you can find the official FWC hunting handbook which includes info on major changes, resident game birds, mammals and migratory birds, waterfowl and other migratory game bird regulations, recreational license, permit information and requirements, hunting license and permit fees, license and permit exemptions, hunter safety requirement and more.

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FWC Meeting Will Focus on CWD Prevention in State’s Deer

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will hold a public meeting Aug. 8 in Gainesville to discuss possible options for minimizing the risk of chronic wasting disease (CWD) coming into Florida. The meeting is at the Paramount Plaza Hotel, 2900 S.W. 13th Street, Ballroom A/B, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and is open to the public.


Gray Triggerfish, Greater Amberjack Recreational Season to Open in Gulf

Gray triggerfish and greater amberjack will open for recreational harvest in Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters Aug. 1. The commercial harvest of gray triggerfish will also reopen Aug. 1 in Gulf state and federal waters.

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Protecting Paradise : FWC Dive Team

Officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) already keep people and Florida’s critters safe by air, land and sea; now they are working under the sea as well. The agency has launched a pilot dive program, and it’s off to a great start.


Speak Up : Petition to Stop the Lake Okeechobee Discharges

The River of Light has made an online petition to stop the Lake Okeechobee discharges into the St.Lucie River and surrounding estuaries. Signing and sharing this petition can make a big impact on our local waters.


Anglers, Conservationists Unite to Oppose Shiloh Development on Mosquito Lagoon, IRL

Senator Dorothy L. Hukill and Volusia County Council Member Deb Denys will host a Public Informational Meeting on Space, which is sponsored by the Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce.

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Atlantic Council Meeting Concludes in Stuart, FL

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council held one of its quarterly meetings June 11-14  in Stuart, at the Marriott Hutchinson…»


Tarpon, Bonefish to Become Catch-and-Release Only

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), at its June 12 meeting in Lakeland, approved a proposal to make tarpon and bonefish catch-and-release-only fisheries and moved forward with a proposal to modify the types of gear used to target tarpon in Boca Grande Pass.


Atlantic Snook to Close in State and Federal Waters June 1st

The recreational harvest of snook in Atlantic state and federal waters closes June 1. Snook will reopen for harvest in Atlantic federal, state and inland waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River, on Sept. 1.


Gulf Amberjack Closes in State and Federal Waters

The recreational harvest of greater amberjack in Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters closes June 1. Greater amberjack will reopen for harvest in Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters Aug. 1.