Conservation News


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.


Lawsuit over Fertilizer Runoff In Rivers in Iowa

It is hoped that lawsuits, similar to the one mentioned in the below article, will continue to attack fertilizer runoff problems – as we have in Florida, big time. Des Moines, Iowa, is confronting the farms that surround it over pollution in two rivers that supply the city with drinking water.

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Guy Harvey Fisheries Symposium Draws an All-Star Cast

The BP oil spill saga, a fledgling US aquaculture industry and contentious red snapper management issues were some of the hot topics on tap recently at the Guy Harvey Fisheries Symposium at the University of South Florida’s St. Petersburg campus.


BlueGreen Event Raises $800,000 to Support Youth, Wildlife in South Florida

Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner, Adam Putnam, was honored Saturday as the winner of the 2014 BlueGreen Award for Conservation Leadership in Florida. He was recognized before a crowd of nearly 400 during the 3rd Annual BlueGreen Event at “Alligator Ron” Bergeron’s Green Glades Cowboy Ranch in Weston.


Florida’s 3rd Annual BlueGreen Event

Dust off those cowboy boots and shine up those big silver belt buckles! It’s time for Florida’s 3rd Annual BlueGreen Event at “Alligator Ron” Bergeron’s Green Glades Cowboy Ranch in Weston.


Gulf Council Sells Out on Red Snapper

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council made a disappointing decision last week on red snapper that will split the recreational quota between private anglers and charter/for hire captains.


FWC Tarpon Researchers Seek Data from North Florida Anglers

The strength, stamina and fighting ability of a “silver king” make tarpon one of Florida’s most popular game fish. Experience the thrill! The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) wants people to reel one in to the side of their boat and help us with the Tarpon Genetic Recapture Study.