"Programs of the FWC 2016-17" is available as a PDF file.
From the Executive Director...
Welcome to the “Programs of the FWC 2016-2017,” a publication that provides an overview of the various divisions and offices that comprise the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the roles that each one plays in achieving the Commission’s mission.
Our greatest responsibility is to conserve Florida’s fish and wildlife resources. The word conservation carries a sense of history and responsibility, and evokes the strong heritage and impact of great American conservationists like Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, Ding Darling and Aldo Leopold. As we carry on their legacies, we work under the leadership and guidance of our Commissioners in the broad arenas of fish and wildlife management, research and enforcement.
Our state has a diverse, growing human population as well as prolific fish and wildlife resources. Florida is the “Fishing Capital of the World,” a prime boating locale and leading hunting and wildlife viewing destination. Locations in Florida earned the top four spots, as well as nine additional ones, on the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation’s Take Me FishingTM 2016 list of the “Top 100 Family-Friendly Places to Fish and Boat in the U.S.” Further, wildlife viewing, fishing, hunting and other ecotourism activities account for tens of billions of dollars in economic impact annually – fueling both big and small businesses and associated job opportunities. The Sunshine State’s unique qualities necessitate a broad, flexible approach to conservation.
At the FWC, we hold ourselves to a high standard of excellence and continue looking for ways to improve. We have identified Strategic Initiatives – overarching themes that guide our efforts – designed to help balance the wide variety of needs of Florida’s growing population with those of its fish, wildlife and habitats. The initiatives include: Operation of Running the Business, Imperiled Species Management Plan, Expanding Participation in Conservation, Conservation through Innovation, Conflict Wildlife and Boating as a Gateway to Conservation.
With these initiatives in place – and the help of our stakeholders, partner agencies, Legislators and Florida’s residents and visitors – the future of conservation in Florida is bright. We will meet future challenges with teamwork, science and innovation, thus ensuring conservation of our fish and wildlife resources and their importance to our quality of life in the Sunshine State for years to come.