Conservation News

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Brevard Zoo Oyster Gardening Program Aims Improve Indian River Lagoon Water Quality

Brevard Zoo, in partnership with the Brevard County Natural Resources Department, will double the size of its Oyster Gardening volunteer program by the end of the year. The Oyster Gardening program, funded by the Brevard County Commissioners, is part of the larger Brevard Oyster Restoration project, available for residents with direct waterfront on the Indian River Lagoon.


FWC Using New Tactics to Monitor Harmful Algal Blooms in Indian River Lagoon

FWC researchers have begun using new approaches to more quickly detect and track harmful algal blooms in the Indian River Lagoon, which spans 156 miles and makes up 40 percent of Florida’s east coast, supporting commercial and recreational clam and oyster farming.


Net Ban Upheld–Again

The First District Court of Appeal has upheld Florida’s Net Ban, reversing a local judge’s ruling that attempted to undo the prohibition of gill nets. Appellant judges opined that Circuit Court Judge Jackie Fulford had erred on numerous levels and had improperly overturned another same-level judge’s finding.


2014 Atlantic Red Snapper Season Dates

The recreational 2014 catch limit is set at 22,576 fish. The recreational fishing season will open for two weekends made up of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and one weekend of Friday and Saturday.


Trip Aukeman: Stop Fighting Over Rules on Gill Nets

Trip Aukeman, director of advocacy for the Coastal Conservation Association Florida, sheds some light on the most recent events regarding the gill net ban here in Florida.


Manatee Synoptic Surveys and Reclassification Matter

An extremely interesting discovery made by Citizens For Florida’s Waterways, CFFW, is the enormous difference between the annual FWC manatee synoptic surveys and a much better count done by FPL, which on average counted 750 more manatees in Brevard than FWC.


Florida Lionfish Derbies

Local control efforts such as lionfish derbies have shown to be an effective means of lionfish control. Several of these events are held across the state annually along with many other lionfish related educational events. Find a lionfish derby or lionfish-related educational event near you.


SAFMC Meets on Snapper/Grouper Fishery

Visioning meetings ask for angler input. The first meeting in Key West was structured into 2 parts: Identifying Issues and Recommending Solutions.


Four Counties Open Gag Grouper Recreational Harvest April 1st

Press Release – FWC State waters off the coast of Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties will open to recreational…»


Angler Catches 2 Hall of Fame, 1 Trophy Bass this Month

Joseph “Brooks” Morrell recently reported three huge bass that he caught, documented, released and entered in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) TrophyCatch program.

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Naples Bonefish & Tarpon Trust Fundraising Event Success

The recent Bonefish & Tarpon Trust annual Naples fundraising event at Foxfire County Club was attended by over 150 recreational fishing enthusiasts and featured a keynote presentation by former Olympic downhill skier Andy Mill, known to anglers as one of the world’s top experts at fly fishing for tarpon.

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Gulf Reef Fish Workshops Scheduled for March

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting several public workshops in early March to gather public input on a proposal that would improve recreational reef fish data collection.


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.