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FWC monitoring sea turtles, manatees during cold weather

January 03, 2018 

FWC staff, partners and volunteers are monitoring the status of marine species affected most by the cold, and are prepared in case rescues are needed. 

UPDATE 7: Crews continue to mitigate pollution threats from vessels displaced by Hurricane Irma

October 31, 2017 

Currently, 1,492 displaced vessels have been removed from Florida waterways by both private owners and Unified Command response teams. Nearly 230 personnel from state and federal agencies are involved in the disaster response. 

Florida’s recreational and commercial saltwater fishing industries are open for business

October 04, 2017 

The FWC is reminding residents and visitors that, despite the effects of Hurricane Irma, recreational and commercial saltwater fishing operations are reopening for business. 

Update 3: Unified Command begins removal process for vessels displaced by Hurricane Irma

September 29, 2017 

The Emergency Support Function 10 Florida, a Unified Command, has initiated removal efforts prioritizing vessels displaced by Hurricane Irma which are actively polluting or creating a hazard to navigation to traffic in the area.  

Additional weekend added to Gulf gray triggerfish fall state season due to Hurricane Irma

September 29, 2017 

Gray triggerfish will open in Gulf of Mexico state waters for recreational harvest Oct. 21 and 22, in addition to previously scheduled dates of Oct. 7 and 8, and Oct. 14 and 15.  

UPDATE: Unified Command continues assessment of vessels affected by Hurricane Irma, prioritizes displaced vessel removal

September 28, 2017 

The Emergency Support Function 10 (ESF 10) Florida, consisting of multiple state and federal agencies, is continuing efforts to assess and remove hazards in the wake of Hurricane Irma. 

Idle-speed, no-wake restrictions still being enforced

September 21, 2017 

Although the river’s water levels are falling, these four zones’ speed restrictions are still in effect 

FWC to receive funding for shorebird, sea turtle and Gulf fisheries conservation due to oil spill

November 15, 2016 

The FWC will receive over $19 million to continue current conservation programs related to shorebirds, Gulf of Mexico fisheries and sea turtle stranding response. 

FWC says use caution in aftermath of Hurricane Matthew

October 10, 2016 

Boaters should stay aware of high water areas and the risk of flooding, and understand that the water bottoms may have dramatically changed as a result of Hurricane Matthew. 

Extreme weather prompts emergency temporary closure of 4 Wildlife Management Areas in South Florida

October 05, 2016 

J.W. Corbett and Allapattah Flats wildlife management areas, and the John C. and Mariana Jones/Hungryland and DuPuis wildlife and environmental areas are closed to access until further notice.  

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