Conservation News


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.


Anglers, Conservationists Unite to Oppose Shiloh Development on Mosquito Lagoon, IRL

Senator Dorothy L. Hukill and Volusia County Council Member Deb Denys will host a Public Informational Meeting on Space, which is sponsored by the Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce.

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Atlantic Council Meeting Concludes in Stuart, FL

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council held one of its quarterly meetings June 11-14  in Stuart, at the Marriott Hutchinson…»


Tarpon, Bonefish to Become Catch-and-Release Only

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), at its June 12 meeting in Lakeland, approved a proposal to make tarpon and bonefish catch-and-release-only fisheries and moved forward with a proposal to modify the types of gear used to target tarpon in Boca Grande Pass.


Atlantic Snook to Close in State and Federal Waters June 1st

The recreational harvest of snook in Atlantic state and federal waters closes June 1. Snook will reopen for harvest in Atlantic federal, state and inland waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River, on Sept. 1.


Gulf Amberjack Closes in State and Federal Waters

The recreational harvest of greater amberjack in Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters closes June 1. Greater amberjack will reopen for harvest in Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters Aug. 1.


Understanding Recreational Bag Limits

Fishing can sometimes be famine, but on the days when it is feast, it’s important to know your bag limit, aka the number of fish you can keep and take home for dinner.

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Economic Power of Recreational Angling

A report released this month by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) makes a powerful case that from an economic perspective that recreational fishing is just as important as commercial fishing despite a much lower overall impact on the resource.


Gulf Coast Governors Call on Congress to Give Management Control to States for Red Snapper Fishery

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Texas Governor Rick Perry, Florida Governor Rick Scott and Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant are calling on Congress to allow the states to take control over management of the red snapper fishery in the Gulf of Mexico.


Commission Sets 2013 Gulf Recreational Red Snapper Season in State Waters

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved a 44-day recreational red snapper season for Gulf of Mexico state waters at its meeting April 17 in Tallahassee. State waters are from shore to 9 nautical miles in Gulf waters.

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Share Your Input on Possible Everglades National Park Boating Restrictions

Everglades National Park has added two more public meeting dates for comment on their Draft General Management Plan. The draft plan places severe restrictions on fisherman and boaters ability to reach many parts of the park.


Proposed Rule for Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Quota Increase

OAA Fisheries is seeking comments on a proposed rule for Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper. The rule, if implemented, would set the 2013 quotas for commercial and recreational red snapper harvest.


4 Florida Counties Open April 1 to Gag Grouper Recreational Harvest

State waters off the coast of Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties will open to recreational harvest of gag grouper starting April 1.

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Stop the Ban on Lead Fishing Tackle

Unnecessary and burdensome restrictions on lead in tackle are being proposed and implemented at an increasing rate. Already, strict bans have been implemented in five states and proposed in several others, despite the Environmental Protection Agency concluding on multiple occasions that sweeping bans on lead fishing tackle are unnecessary.



Panama City outdoorsman Bo Rivard has been appointed to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in an appointment shuffle…»