Conservation News


Help Stop Unnecessary Bluefin Tuna Mortality

For almost a century, bluefin tuna have been one of the most important big-game species sought by recreational fishermen. However, the development of a lucrative commercial industry, largely catering to the demand for sushi in Japan, has contributed to significant declines of this now-threatened species.

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Gulf Council to convene a series of Recreational Angler Participation sessions around the Gulf Coast

It is glaringly apparent that the views and concerns of recreational anglers are not being heard by federal fisheries managers. In an effort to reach out to the recreational angling community, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has scheduled a series of Recreational Angler Participation sessions.


Update on Bluefin Tuna Management

Ever dream of catching a bluefin tuna? From the 1940s to the 1970s, there was an amazing fishery for these…»


Gill Nets Still Unlawful as Appeal Process Moves Ahead

Florida’s coastal waters remain free of commercial gill net catches after a sudden flurry of legal entanglements had opened and then slammed shut the door to the long-banned large-scale netting.


Florida’s Blue Green Event

On November 16, 2013, the Wildlife Foundation of Florida will host its Second Annual Blue Green fundraising event at the Green Glades Ranch in Weston, FL.

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.