Conservation Press Releases


This pelican had a spoon hooked to its head and the line was cut right next to it. Mike Conneen was able to catch it, safely remove the spoon and it flew away.

Gone Coastal: Fishing Line and Tackle Disposal

Fishing line and other fishing tackle frequently enter Florida’s aquatic systems as a result of incidental snags or improper disposal. When left in the aquatic environment, fishing line and tackle create potential traps for unsuspecting wildlife that can become entangled and snared, leading to injury and death.

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FWC Meeting February 8-9 in Crystal River

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will meet Feb. 8-9 at the Plantation on Crystal River. The meeting both days starts at 8:30 a.m. Both sessions are open to the public and the public will be provided opportunities to speak.

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FWC Needs Feedback: Flounder, Sheepshead, Tripletail

FWC is collecting feedback on Florida’s flounder, sheepshead and tripletail fisheries.

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Sportfishing Industry Angered by Last-Minute U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services’ Director’s Order

Director’s Order No. 219 will, “require the use of nontoxic ammunition and fishing tackle to the fullest extent practicable for all activities on Service lands, waters and facilities by January 2022, except as needed for law enforcement or health and safety uses, as provided for in policy."

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FWC Celebrates 75 Years of Wildlife Management Area Conservation Success

In 2017, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is commemorating the 75th anniversary of the wildlife management area system, one of the state’s greatest natural treasures.

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December “Outta’ the Woods”: Duck and Dove Hunting Regulations

There’s a chill in the Florida air, and soon children will be out of school on winter break. During the holidays, I encourage you to take time off from work and spend some quality time with family and friends in the great outdoors.

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Public Hearing on Pogy Conservation Measures in Melbourne, FL, Dec. 1

Also known as bunker, pogy, and fatbacks, Atlantic menhaden are an important food for tarpon, cobia, king mackerel, osprey, humpback whales, and other predators, some of which are in decline.

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TrophyCatch Program Receives National Award

TrophyCatch receives award from American Fisheries Society at Commission meeting. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) TrophyCatch program…»

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Hogfish, Barracuda and Triggerfish Rules for State Waters Updates

Hogfish Atlantic bag drops to one; size limits change on both coasts.

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Gulf State Waters Red Snapper Weekend Season Reopens September 2nd

The 2016 recreational red snapper season in Gulf of Mexico state waters (shore to 9 nautical miles) will reopen September 2nd and remain open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in September and October, and on Labor Day.

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Snook Season Opens September 1st

The recreational harvest season for snook starts September 1st statewide. Unique to the region, snook are one of the many reasons Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World.

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From the Head: Advocacy Stagnation

Advocacy has become one of the most important aspects of the saltwater angler’s public life. In this episode of From the Head, Florida Sportsman contributor Sid Dobrin talks about the dangers of stagnation in fisheries policy advocacy.

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Mutton Snapper Workshops Coming up

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting several mutton snapper workshops this August to gather public input on potential management changes in state waters. FWC staff presented draft rules to the Commission at the June meeting and these rules will be brought back before the Commission for a final public hearing at the September meeting in St. Augustine.

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New Fishing Regulations Go Into Effect to Improve Bass Fisheries Statewide

New regulations simplify rules to more effectively manage the quality of black bass fisheries
New black bass fishing regulations are in effect throughout Florida, beginning July 1. This regulation change will streamline existing rules, allow anglers to keep smaller, more abundant bass and protect larger bass in order to ensure that Florida continues to produce trophy bass in the future.

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Texas Charter Captains Use Loophole to get Around Federal Snapper Limits

While charter boats and private recreational anglers in the Gulf were only allowed to catch red snapper in federal waters on 10 days last year, two companies in Galveston, Texas have been taking recreational anglers red snapper fishing all year round.

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FWC Approves Grouper Bag Limit and Season Changes

At its Feb. 10 meeting at the Florida Public Safety Institute near Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved changes to the gag and black grouper minimum size limit and the gag grouper recreational season in Gulf state waters.