Conservation Press Releases


biscaynemarinereserve

Public Locked Out of Biscayne National Park

Recreational Boating and Fishing Community Strongly Objects to Fishing Closure. “Florida Sportsman Magazine has been reporting on that reef fishery…»

cat

Man Catches State-Record Blue Catfish During Tournament

Bill Stewart, 66, of Weeki Wachee, caught a 69-pound, 8-ounce blue catfish on the Choctawhatchee River, near Ebro, during the Choctawhatchee Catfish Roundup tournament on May 30. He beat the previous state record by 5 pounds.

redsnappermayport

U.S. House Passes Resolution to Improve Magnuson Act

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to pass H.R. 1335, amending and reauthorizing the Magnuson-Stevens Act “to provide flexibility for fishery managers and stability for fishermen, and for other purposes.”

FWC_Logo_C

June “Outta’ the Woods”

With the dog days of summer almost upon us, it’s sometimes hard to even think about hunting. But if you’re age 16 to 40 and haven’t completed the state’s hunter safety course requirement, now’s a good time to be thinking about signing up. Don’t put it off – summer is the best time to take a class in your area.

TwilaGates-flier-record

Woman Catches Record Flier Fish

Twila Gates, from Marianna, established a new Florida freshwater fishing record with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) this month. Her catch of a 1-pound, 5.6-ounce (1.35 pounds) flier on May 9 from a Jackson County pond beat the old record of 1.24 pounds.

redsnappermayport

Gulf State Recreational Red Snapper Season Opening Memorial Day weekend

The 2015 season will start the Saturday before Memorial Day (May 23) and run through July 12, closing July 13. This season will resume for all of Labor Day weekend (Sept. 5-7) and finish with Saturdays and Sundays throughout the rest of September and all of October, with the last day of harvest being Sunday, Nov. 1.

lionfish

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.

Red grouper

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.

IHuntTag.jpg

IHUNT Plate Sales Support Florida Hunting

Hunting success in the Sunshine State depends to a large degree on having well-managed game populations, access to public lands, education, and enforcement of laws. The Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida now has a license tag dedicated to help ensure today’s sportsmen, and future generations, will continue to enjoy Florida’s unique hunting opportunities.

lionfishbash

Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day, May 16

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is celebrating its first annual Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day by hosting and promoting a weekend of exciting events across the state, starting Saturday, May 16, including a festival in Pensacola.

new-hard-card-image-1_original

Get Outdoorsy with the New Guy Harvey Hard-Card License

From Press Release – “Gone Coastal” column – By Amanda Nalley There’s something wonderful about having a shiny new card…»

keyslobsterdivingplanb

Spiny Lobster Season Closing April 1st

The spiny lobster recreational and commercial season closes to harvest in state and federal waters starting April 1 and will reopen Aug. 6. The two-day recreational sport season is the last consecutive Wednesday and Thursday of July, which is July 29 and 30 this year.

gaggrouper1

Four Florida Counties Open April 1st to Gag Grouper Recreational Harvest

This regional season will remain open through June 30, with the first day of the closure being July 1. The season also includes all waters of Apalachicola Bay and Indian Pass, including those in Gulf County, and all waters of the Steinhatchee River, including those in Dixie County.

redsnappermayport

Gulf Recreational Red Snapper Season Workshops Scheduled for March

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting several public workshops in March to gather public input on the Gulf of Mexico recreational red snapper season in state waters (from shore out to 9 nautical miles).

lionfishinvasive

FWC Raises Awareness on Lionfish Issue with Creation of ‘Removal’ Day

Lionfish are a nonnative, invasive species that have a negative impact on Florida’s native wildlife and habitat. Consistent lionfish removal can reduce the negative impacts lionfish have on the reef community.
The FWC has several activities planned for the weekend of the first annual Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day, which is May 16. On the 16th and 17th, divers across the state will be encouraged to see how many lionfish can be removed from Florida waters in one weekend.

FWC_Logo_C

Gray Triggerfish Closing to Recreational Harvest in Gulf State Waters Saturday, February 7th

This closure is consistent with a federal closure also starting Feb. 7 and remaining closed through Dec. 31. Gray triggerfish is considered to be overfished.