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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.


Act Now to Stop Red Snapper Giveaway

If Amendment 40 passes, it is likely that up to 75 percent of the entire Gulf red snapper fishery will be privately held, for private profit. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has scheduled a series of public hearings over the next few weeks on a dangerous privatization scheme for Gulf red snapper.

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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.