Conservation Press Releases


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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.

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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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FWC’s December Hunting Hot Sheet

The tradition of making New Year’s resolutions – typically a promise to do good or an act of self-improvement – has been around for thousands of years. While people usually vow to lose a few pounds or build their savings accounts, hunters can help uphold our hunting traditions with the following simple acts.

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TrophyCatch Planning Celebration for Hall Of Fame Winners

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) just concluded Season 3 of the TrophyCatch citizen-science, conservation rewards program for anglers who catch, document and release largemouth bass greater than 8 pounds. One angler caught the biggest bass in three seasons and, for the first time, a woman joins the ranks of Hall of Fame winners in a big way.