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FWC to hold meetings on coastal conservation

News Release

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Media contact: Karen Parker, 386-758-0525

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Coastal Wildlife Conservation Initiative (CWCI) is holding a forum in Jacksonville on March 24 and 25.  

The CWCI is a new comprehensive strategy for approaching wildlife conservation issues in the coastal areas of Florida.

For the convenience of those with a particular interest or stake in coastal issues, the FWC will hold two sessions. The March 24 session is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; the March 25 session is from 9 a.m. to noon. Both meetings will be in the University Center of the University of North Florida, 12000 Alumni Drive.

FWC staff will present an overview of the initiative and its partnership strategy and ask attendees to identify pressing coastal conservation issues in their area and discuss gaps in research, education, management and regulation that stand in the way of resolving those issues.

"The CWCI's vision is to ensure the long-term conservation of native wildlife in coastal ecosystems throughout Florida in balance with human activities," said Laura DiGruttolo, CWCI coordinator. "There are critical, immediate, as well as long-standing coastal wildlife conservation issues that could be more effectively addressed through the cooperative efforts of a partnership rather than by individual agencies or entities," she said.

For more information on the Coastal Wildlife Conservation Initiative, call Laura DiGruttolo at 386-758-0525 or go

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