Conservation Press Releases


Frustrated with Gulf Red Snapper Management?

Anglers in the Gulf of Mexico region need to make their voices heard in support of improved access to one of the region’s most important fisheries – red snapper!


Golden Tilefish and Snowy Grouper Recreational Season Closing June 7th in South Atlantic

Recreational harvest of golden tilefish and snowy grouper in the South Atlantic will close, at 12:01 a.m. (local time) June 7, 2014.


2014 Red Snapper Recreational Season in the Gulf of Mexico

The 2014 Gulf of Mexico red snapper recreational season in federal waters is 9 days, opening at 12:01 a.m., June 1, 2014, and closing at 12:01 a.m., on June 10, 2014. The red snapper bag limit is 2 fish with a 16-inch minimum total length size limit.


Florida Lionfish Derbies

Local control efforts such as lionfish derbies have shown to be an effective means of lionfish control. Several of these events are held across the state annually along with many other lionfish related educational events. Find a lionfish derby or lionfish-related educational event near you.


Spiny Lobster Season Closes April 1st

Press Release-FWC The spiny lobster recreational and commercial season closes to harvest in state and federal waters starting April 1…»


Meeting Tonight: Proposed Gulf Offshore Recreational Fishing Permit

Reminder: FWC Division of Marine Fisheries Management is hosting a statewide telephone conference tonight, Tuesday, March 4 to gather input on a proposed Gulf Offshore Recreational Fishing Permit.


Gulf Council to Hold Public Hearings on Reef Fish Amendment 28 – Red Snapper Allocation

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has scheduled a series of public hearings around the Gulf of Mexico beginning Monday, March 10, 2014 through Monday, March 24, 2014.


Snook to Reopen in Gulf State Waters

The recreational harvest season for one of Florida’s premier game fish, snook, reopens on March 1 in Florida’s Gulf of Mexico state and adjacent federal waters, including Everglades National Park and Monroe County. The season will remain open through April 30.


Anglers Applaud Progress of Red Snapper Allocation

During its recent meeting in Houston, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council approved moving ahead with an amendment to update the allocation of Gulf red snapper between the commercial and recreational sectors, a welcome development hailed by the Coastal Conservation Association as long overdue.


FWC to Meet in Tampa Feb. 12-13: Red Snapper Season

During the next FWC meeting, to be held in Tampa, Feb. 12-13, the public is invited to provide input on many current fisheries management issues. Of pressing concern to many recreational anglers on the Gulfside is the presentation of a red snapper draft rule to set the 2014 recreational season in the Gulf. Let your voice be heard and be sure to attend this important meeting!


Gulf Grouper Recreational Season Will Not Close Feb. 1

This is a reminder that the Feb. 1 through March 31 closure that would have affected several species of grouper in Gulf state waters has been removed and will not occur as it has in previous years. This closure was removed at the September 2013 meeting of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).


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.


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.


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.


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…»


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.


TrophyCatch Boat Giveaway Winner Announced

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

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission:

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…»