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FWC charges 3 in connection to shark dragging video

December 13, 2017 

During the course of the investigation, FWC officers confirmed numerous criminal violations, resulting in felony and misdemeanor charges.  

Snook harvest seasonal closure in Atlantic starts Dec. 15

December 11, 2017 

Gulf state and federal waters, including Monroe County and Everglades National Park, closed Dec. 1 and will reopen to harvest March 1, 2018. 

FWC approves changes to Gulf greater amberjack season

December 07, 2017 

This new season structure will optimize recreational fishing opportunities in both the spring and fall while minimizing harvest during the spawning season, helping to rebuild the stock.  

FWC Commissioners elect new chairman, vice chairman

December 07, 2017 

At its meeting Dec. 7 in Gainesville, the Florida FWC elected Bo Rivard, of Panama City, to serve as chairman and Robert Spottswood, of Key West, as vice chairman.  

FWC appoints Eric Sutton as executive director

December 07, 2017 

The FWC Commission voted to appoint Eric Sutton, assistant executive director, to the position of executive director, effective Dec. 8. Nick Wiley, current executive director, retires later this month. 

FWC approves new Critical Wildlife Area in Volusia County

December 06, 2017 

The small island, known as Port Orange Colony and now approved as a CWA, shelters hundreds of brown pelicans during nesting season.  

FWC provides update on management of Florida’s nonnative species

December 05, 2017 

The agency has focused its efforts on high-priority invasive species such as Burmese pythons, lionfish and Argentine black and white tegus.  

FWC receives $25,000 in donations for new 2018 tagged-lionfish removal incentive program

December 05, 2017 

At the Dec. 5 Commission meeting, the FWC gratefully acknowledged $25,000 in charitable donations from six generous sponsors. These funds will be used as cash prizes for a new and novel lionfish removal incentive program. 

Fishing for the future through Sport Fish Restoration

November 29, 2017 

TheFWC receives about $13 million annually from SFR, of which $3 to $4 million supports saltwater sport fish projects and 15 percent funds the creation and maintenance of boating-access points.  

FWC Executive Director Nick Wiley accepts position with Ducks Unlimited, continuing life’s work in conservation

November 27, 2017 

The FWC congratulates Executive Director Nick Wiley on his new position as Chief Conservation Officer of Ducks Unlimited. He’ll begin his new role in January 2018. 

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