Conservation Press Releases


FWC Looks to Increase Hunting Opportunity, from a New WMA to Expanded Turkey-Hunting Hours

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, at its meeting Nov. 21 in Key Largo, advanced rule-amendment proposals increasing hunting…»

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Gag Grouper Recreational Harvest Closes in Most Gulf Waters in Early December

Gag grouper will close for recreational harvest in most Gulf of Mexico state waters Dec. 4, with the last day of harvest being Dec. 3. All Gulf federal waters will close Dec. 3, with the last day of harvest being Dec. 2. These closures help maintain sustainable gag grouper populations in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Snook Season Closing December 1st

The recreational harvest season for snook closes Dec. 1 in Gulf state and federal waters, including Monroe County and Everglades National Park, and will remain closed through Feb. 28, 2015, reopening to harvest March 1, 2015. Snook can continue to be caught and released during the closed season.


NOAA Seeks Comments on a Proposed Rule to Add Red Snapper Recreational Accountability Measures

NOAA Fisheries is seeking public comment on a proposed rule that would add long-term recreational accountability measures for red snapper. Accountability measures are measures taken to prevent the harvest from exceeding the quota.

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Red Grouper Conservation Measures Approved by FWC

At its meeting in Key Largo on Nov. 20, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved lowering of the red grouper recreational bag limit from four to two fish per person in Gulf of Mexico state waters, excluding Monroe County.

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NFWF Announces $34.3 Million for Gulf Restoration Projects in Florida

Today, Governor Rick Scott and The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced the funding of $34.3 million for nine Florida projects that address high priority conservation needs.

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Gov. Scott Reduces Cost of Lifetime Sportsman’s License

Governor Rick Scott signed an executive order authorizing the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to offer Lifetime Sportsman’s Licenses…»

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FWC Meeting November 20-21st in Key Largo

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will meet Nov. 20 and 21 in Key Largo at the Hilton Key Largo Resort, 97000 Overseas Highway. Thursday and Friday sessions both start at 8:30 a.m. The public is invited and will be provided opportunities to speak.


Guy Harvey Fisheries Symposium Nov. 13-15

A panel of experts will offer critical suggestions on how post-Gulf of Mexico oil catastrophe research funds should be spent. The panel is just one of the key marine presentations at the Guy Harvey Fisheries Symposium at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg Campus.

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Say ‘Yes’ to Amendment 1: Water and Land Conservation

Florida’s Water and Land Legacy, the Vote Yes on Amendment 1 campaign, today announced the support of Coastal Conservation Association Florida for Amendment 1, the Water and Land Conservation Amendment.


Congressmen Urge Council to Table Amendment 40

The Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) has joined a groundswell of opposition to a controversial mangemement proposal for Gulf red snapper scheduled for a final vote of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council this week in Mobile, Alabama.


Stone Crab Season Opening October 15th

Florida’s recreational and commercial stone crab claw harvest season opens Oct. 15 in state and federal waters. To ensure this valuable resource is available for generations to come, take care when removing crab claws, and follow all protective management guidelines for stone crab harvest.

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Season Three of Florida TrophyCatch Program Underway

Season two of TrophyCatch was a huge success. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), anglers and fishing-related businesses around the state are celebrating the success and kicking off season three. For the second season, which just ended, more than $200,000 worth of individual prizes will be rewarded, thanks to TrophyCatch’s valued corporate partners.

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Recreational Bay Scallop Season Closes September 25th

The 2014 recreational season for bay scallops will close Thursday, Sept. 25. The final day of harvesting is Sept. 24.


Gulf of Mexico Red Grouper Fishing Season is Extended

NOAA Fisheries is implementing an in-season adjustment to the red grouper recreational fishing season that changes the closure date from September 16, 2014, to October 4, 2014, based upon updated landings.


Lionfish Reporting App Successful

See or catch a lionfish? Report it. That’s what many lionfish hunters have been doing, thanks to the new Report Florida Lionfish app. Released to the public May 28, the app has been downloaded by more than 2,500 people.


Amberjack and Gray Triggerfish Reopen August 1st in Gulf State Waters

The recreational harvest of greater amberjack and gray triggerfish in Gulf of Mexico state waters (shore to 9 nautical miles) reopens Aug. 1.


Imported Lionfish Not Welcome in Florida

Florida is known as a tourist-friendly state, but starting Aug. 1, one visitor will no longer be welcome: the invasive lionfish. Introduced into Florida waters in the late 1980s, lionfish populations have boomed in recent years, negatively impacting native wildlife and habitat.


Florida East Coast Anglers Encouraged to Help FWC Collect Red Snapper Data

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is asking anglers to help gather important information about the Atlantic red snapper fishery. The recreational red snapper season in Atlantic federal waters (beyond 3 nautical miles in the Atlantic) is open for 8 days this year.


FWC Hosting Gulf Red Snapper Workshops in July and August

The FWC has scheduled a series of Gulf of Mexico red snapper recreational stakeholder workshops beginning in late July to discuss state and federal management of recreational red snapper, and to explore potential future approaches to managing this fishery.