"Programs of the FWC 2013-14" is available as a PDF file. (2.8 MB)
From the Executive Director...
Here at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) we always have our eyes on the future while our hands are busy with day-to-day fish and wildlife issues.
This edition of Programs of the FWC gives you an overview of what staff in our divisions and offices do to achieve our mission of managing fish and wildlife resources for their long-term well-being and the benefit of people. That might involve immediate events like conducting prescribed burns on wildlife management areas, checking boaters to make sure they are operating safely, tracking Florida panthers, or surveying anglers to monitor fishing effort.
But we’re always looking ahead, too. Our seasonal adjustments to hunting and fishing regulations, our research, public workshops, development of long-range goals and evolving management plans have the same focus – conserving wildlife for the benefit of people now and into the future. The next generation deserves to enjoy the wonders of Florida’s diverse fish and wildlife the way we do today.
We achieve this with feedback from people in communities from northwest Florida to the tip of the Florida Keys and partnerships with colleagues all over the state and country in the business of conservation. And it is a business. Fish and wildlife conservation and business activities contribute 351,840 jobs and almost $32 billion to Florida’s economy. Florida’s seafood industry contributes an additional $14.2 billion in “value added,” which is net output, to the state economy.
All this work provides people who live, work and visit the state opportunities for pleasure boating, wildlife viewing, hunting and fishing. Our job is to make sure today’s kids enjoy these same benefits when they become adults and learn to love and care for what the outdoors has to offer.
We hope this publication is informative for those who care about conservation. While our eyes are fixed on the future and our hands on the here and now, our ears are always open to your thoughts. We always welcome your suggestions and involvement.