Conservation Press Releases


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.


FWC Opens Everglades WMA’s

Press Release – FWC The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has rescinded a previously issued executive order that…»


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,…»


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.


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 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.


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.


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.


Free Hunter Safety Course in Miami-Dade County

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will host a free hunter safety course on Aug. 16 from 6 to 10 p.m., Aug. 17 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Aug. 18 from 6:30 to 8 a.m. Students must attend all three days.

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FWC Meeting Will Focus on CWD Prevention in State’s Deer

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will hold a public meeting Aug. 8 in Gainesville to discuss possible options for minimizing the risk of chronic wasting disease (CWD) coming into Florida. The meeting is at the Paramount Plaza Hotel, 2900 S.W. 13th Street, Ballroom A/B, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and is open to the public.


Gray Triggerfish, Greater Amberjack Recreational Season to Open in Gulf

Gray triggerfish and greater amberjack will open for recreational harvest in Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters Aug. 1. The commercial harvest of gray triggerfish will also reopen Aug. 1 in Gulf state and federal waters.

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Protecting Paradise : FWC Dive Team

Officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) already keep people and Florida’s critters safe by air, land and sea; now they are working under the sea as well. The agency has launched a pilot dive program, and it’s off to a great start.


Speak Up : Petition to Stop the Lake Okeechobee Discharges

The River of Light has made an online petition to stop the Lake Okeechobee discharges into the St.Lucie River and surrounding estuaries. Signing and sharing this petition can make a big impact on our local waters.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission:

High Water Prompts Restrictions for 3 Everglades-area WMAs

High water levels have prompted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to issue an executive order temporarily restricting public access to Everglades and Francis S. Taylor, Holey Land, and Rotenberger Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs).


Everglades National Park Announces Seasonal Extension of Idle-Speed Area

HOMESTEAD, Florida: Everglades National Park Superintendent Dan Kimball announced that the opening of the seasonal extension of the Jimmy’s Lake idle-speed area will begin on July 15, 2013. The area is located within the Snake Bight Pole and Troll Zone, a 9,400-acre non-combustion engine use zone in northern Florida Bay, just east of Flamingo.


Duck Numbers Remain Strong

The US Fish and Wildlife Service today released its report on 2013 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations, based on surveys conducted in May and early June. Total populations were estimated at 45.6 million breeding ducks in the surveyed area. This estimate represents a 6-percent decrease from last year’s estimate of 48.6 million birds, and is 33 percent above the 1955-2012 long-term average.


Anatomy of a Fish Kill

Recently, north Florida anglers and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) fishery biologists were heartbroken to see the white bellies of numerous fish floating in Lake Victor. Lake Victor is a popular, 130-acre FWC-managed impoundment in Holmes County.

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Snowy Grouper, Golden Tilefish Close on Atlantic Side

From NOAA Fisheries: Recreational Harvest of Snowy Grouper Closing  to Vessels Fishing in the South Atlantic Federal Waters   on…»


Gulf Recreational Red Snapper Season Begins June 1

From FWC Press Release The 2013 Gulf of Mexico recreational red snapper season begins June 1 in state and federal…»

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Record-setting Burmese Python Captured in Miami-Dade County

A Miami man has caught and killed the longest Burmese python ever captured in Florida: 18 feet, 8 inches. The python was a 128-pound female that was not carrying eggs, according to University of Florida scientists who examined the snake. The previous record length for a Burmese python captured in the wild in Florida was 17 feet, 7 inches.