Conservation News


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.


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.