June 02, 2015
Heavyn L. Nash was riding with her mother and grandfather when a 4- to 6-foot sturgeon leapt out of the water and into the boat, hitting the girl, according to FWC officers. She was knocked unconscious.
May 28, 2015
Cynthia Graves was operating a pontoon boat on the Santa Fe when a sturgeon jumped out of the water and struck the console and windshield of the. Graves was struck by the fish, but didn’t require medical attention. FWC Officer Kyle Pekerol was dispatched to the scene after Graves’ daughter reported the incident.
April 20, 2015
Florida law requires completion of an approved course, verified by NASBLA as meeting the national boating education standard, for individuals born on or after Jan. 1, 1988, who operate a motorboat of 10 horsepower or greater.
April 16, 2015
The Shikar-Safari Club International has named Officer George Reynaud its 2015 Wildlife Officer of the Year. The annual award honors a state officer whose efforts show outstanding performance and achievement among sworn fish and wildlife law enforcement personnel.
April 15, 2015
FWC Commissioners have approved several proposed bear-related rules that will be presented for final action in June. The draft rules address a wide variety of tools to manage bear populations and help reduce human-bear conflicts.
April 01, 2015
Boaters can enjoy opportunities to observe one of Florida’s unique species but to avoid colliding with manatees, people on the water should take basic steps such as slowing down, watching out for the animals and complying with regulations in manatee zones.
March 25, 2015
The FWC lifted the idle-speed, no-wake restriction on Zone 5, which runs from River Rise in O’Leno State Park west to the confluence of the Suwannee River. This 32-mile segment is an idle-speed, no-wake zone when the Santa Fe River reaches 17 feet, as indicated on the Three Rivers gauge, where flood stage is 19 feet.
February 27, 2015
Following the completion of an accident investigation, the FWC issued an arrest warrant for a Sunny Isles man on a vessel homicide charge. Felipe Escobar turned himself in when notified.
February 26, 2015
FWC Law Enforcement is continuing the investigation into the cirumstances surrounding a barge that sank in the Fort Pierce inlet on Feb. 24 and is asking the public for help gathering information.
February 25, 2015
The FWC's Division of Law Enforcement received recognition at a ceremony in Daytona Beach for completing the review process to maintain its accreditation status.