Conservation Press Releases

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Snook to Reopen in Atlantic State Waters

The recreational harvest season for snook reopens on Feb. 1 in Florida’s Atlantic coastal and inland waters (from the Miami-Dade/Monroe county line north), including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River. The season will remain open through May 31.

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Gulf Council to convene a series of Recreational Angler Participation sessions around the Gulf Coast

It is glaringly apparent that the views and concerns of recreational anglers are not being heard by federal fisheries managers. In an effort to reach out to the recreational angling community, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has scheduled a series of Recreational Angler Participation sessions.

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Finding Hunting Success on Small-Acreage Leases

Many people think you need a large tract of land for hunting to harvest a mature buck. But for a lot of us, leasing a large chunk of property is just not financially feasible.

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Vero Beach Resident Sentenced For Importing Illegal Catch From The Bahamas

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Otha Easley, Acting Special Agent in Charge, NOAA Fisheries, Office of Law Enforcement, Southeast Division, and Major Camille Soverel, Regional Commander, South A Region, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), announce that Toby Lamm, 46, of Vero Beach, was sentenced in Fort Pierce, Florida today for importing illegal catch from the Bahamas.

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Seasonal grouper closure starts Jan. 1 in Atlantic, Monroe County waters

Several species of grouper will close to recreational and commercial harvest starting Jan. 1 in Florida state waters of the Atlantic, including Monroe County. This seasonal closure includes gag, black, red, yellowmouth, yellowfin and tiger grouper; scamp; red hind; rock hind; coney; and graysby. State waters in the Atlantic are from shore out to 3 nautical miles

Anglers all around Florida are seeing more and more goliath grouper, and many believe it's time to open some form of limited harvest.

Goliath Grouper, Others Up for Review in Key Largo, Jan. 7-9

From Press Release, Dec. 26, 2013 Joint Meeting on South Florida Management Issues and the Goliath Grouper Joint Council Steering Committee…»

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FWC Asks for Help from the Public

Sometime during the evening hours of Dec. 1 or early morning hours of Dec. 2 someone using the Davis Beach Boat Ramp (also called Research Road) on Tyndall Air Force Base unloaded and dumped at least 400 pounds of roe mullet, spotted seatrout, pompano, flounder, Spanish mackerel and bluefish at the ramp. The discarded fish were discovered by Tyndall staff on Dec. 2.

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TrophyCatch Boat Giveaway Winner Announced

Five lucky anglers who signed up at TrophyCatchFlorida.com started celebrating the holidays early when their own special Santa delivered big, with a boat and motor, or fishing trip and gift cards.

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FWC continues cooperative efforts on fishery management in Biscayne National Park

Press Release – FWC At its Nov. 21 meeting in Weston, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reaffirmed…»

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Gag grouper recreational harvest closes in most Gulf waters in early December

Press Release – FWC Gag grouper will close for recreational harvest in most Gulf of Mexico state waters Dec. 4,…»

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Snook Season Closed December 1st On Gulf

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, 2014, reopening to harvest March 1, 2014. Snook can continue to be caught and released during the closed season.

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New Deer Hunting Regulation For Northwest Florida

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), at its meeting in Weston today, approved a draft proposal that would divide the state’s Hunting Zone D (from Pensacola to Tallahassee) into two deer management units (DMUs), each with its own unique set of deer antler-point regulations and antlerless deer harvest days.

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Tarpon Statewide Snagging Definition Changes

Changes that will add language to the current statewide snagging definition for tarpon and modify what types of gear can be used when fishing in Boca Grande Pass will go into effect Nov. 1.

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FWC Opens Everglades WMA’s

Press Release – FWC The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has rescinded a previously issued executive order that…»

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Floridians For Clean Water

This Saturday October 19th, at Crescent Beach family park the Floridians for clean water rally will be held from 12-3pm. This is in favor of stopping the dumping from lake Okeechobee that is polluting our estuaries all over the state. Come out and show support to stop the discharges from lake “O”.

Red snapper are very abundant in the Gulf of Mexico. Panhandle Forum member Panhandler80 posted this picture June 2, following a great day out of Panama City.

Bipartisan Members of Congress File Solution to Gulf Red Snapper Mess

From Press Release/American Sportfishing Association Conservationists applaud legislation to let Gulf states manage red snapper Washington, D.C. – September 12,…»

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It’s Not Too Late to Hunt Nassau WMA

Hunters looking for a place to hunt this fall still have a chance to get a recreational use permit (RUP) for the Nassau Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Nassau County during the upcoming hunting season.

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Free Hunter Safety Course Offered in Glades County

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will host a free hunter safety course on Sept. 7 from 8 a.m.to 5 p.m. in Glades County.
Participants must successfully complete the online portion of the course prior to attending and bring the final Web report to the FWC course on Sept. 7.

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Tarpon and Bonefish Become Catch-and-Release Only Starting Sept. 1

Two premier recreational fisheries will soon have new protections in place, a measure aimed at ensuring that tarpon and bonefish’s economic and fishing value remain for generations to come. Tarpon and bonefish become catch-and-release only fisheries beginning Sept. 1.

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Changes Would Improve Deer Management in Northwest Florida’s Zone D

Following months of meetings and evaluations of public preferences, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has formulated possible changes to deer hunting in northwest Florida for the 2014-15 hunting season. The changes are intended to improve hunter satisfaction.