Conservation Press Releases


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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.

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CCA FL STAR Awards Banquet

From Coastal Conservation Association Press Release The Coastal Conservation Association Florida (CCA) STAR Tournament Presented by Yamaha held their Awards…»

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Recreational Red Grouper Season Closing in the Gulf

The recreational harvest of red grouper in the Gulf of Mexico will close at12:01 a.m., local time, on October 8, 2015, and remain closed until January 1, 2016.

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Final Weekend of the CCA Star Tournament

This Labor Day weekend until Monday at 5pm is the last opportunity to enter a catch in any of the STAR divisions or to catch a prize winning STAR tagged redfish. There is nearly $500,000 in prizes with $100,000 of that being Youth Scholarships presented by Bright House Networks up for grabs.

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Gulf State Recreational Red Snapper Season Reopens Labor Day weekend

The recreational red snapper season for Gulf state waters reopens to harvest Labor Day weekend, September 5th through 7th, and will continue to be open for Saturdays and Sundays in September and October with the last day of harvest being Sunday, November 1st.

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Recreational Harvest of Hogfish in South Atlantic Waters Closing

Press Release NOAA Recreational harvest of hogfish in South Atlantic federal waters will close, at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on…»

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Snowy Grouper in the South Atlantic Re-Opens on August 20

The recreational sector for snowy grouper in the South Atlantic Region will re-open on August 20, 2015, with an annual catch limit of 23,647 pounds gutted weight or 4,152 fish.

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Register for the CCA Star Tournament Before it’s Too Late

Within the past week CCA Star tagged redfish number 14 and 15 have been caught. Unfortunately, both anglers who caught these fish were not registered with and were not eligible for the Hell’s Bay Waterman giveaway.

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Officers Run Down Gill Netters at Night

On July 29, 2015, officers from the Charlotte County Sheriffs’ Marine Unit found themselves involved in a high speed chase through pitch black Charlotte Harbor as they tracked down 4 men accused of illegal gill netting.

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Legislation Introduced to Preserve Fishing Access in Biscayne National Park

On the heels of the recent announcement to close over 10,000 acres of Biscayne National Park to fishing, a coalition of recreational fishing and boating organizations praised the introduction of a bipartisan bill, H.R. 3310, that will help stop this and similar unwarranted fishing closures from occurring.

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Bass Management is Evolving

Bass anglers may wonder why the Sunshine State supports some of the best bass fishing in the world. Florida’s abundant lakes and rivers provide habitat necessary to produce good fisheries and the Florida largemouth bass possesses unique genetics that favors rapid growth to trophy size. Harvest management through fishing rules and regulations also play a role, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is currently considering sweeping changes to streamline bass regulations and make them more effective.