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FWC Officer Jarrod Molnar honored by NASBLA as national 2016 Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

September 16, 2016 

The Marvin “Butch” Potts Memorial Award is presented annually to the boating law enforcement officer who has made outstanding contributions to the field of boating law enforcement. 

Final Population Modeling Confirms that Florida has a Robust and Growing Bear Population

September 15, 2016 

One of the nation’s leading bear scientists, Dr. Joseph D. Clark of the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Tennessee, has released the final modeling results estimating Florida’s black bear population.  

Two weeks left to qualify for the Lionfish Challenge

September 15, 2016 

The Lionfish Challenge will come to a close Sept. 30, but that is still plenty of time to take and turn in the 50 lionfish it takes to qualify in the program. Every lionfish tail submitted helps control the invasive population. 

Learn about sea turtles, practice turtle ‘Safety 101’

September 13, 2016 

The FWC recommends residents and visitors in Florida’s coastal communities follow these guidelines to help conserve sea turtles and their hatchlings: 

Hickory Mound Impoundment remains closed; other areas open after storm cleanup

September 13, 2016 

To get the updates, go to MyFWC.com/viewing and click on “Wildlife Management Areas,” then “Open/Closed Status.” 

FWC using public input to improve Critical Wildlife Area proposals

September 12, 2016 

The FWC continues to move forward with an unprecedented initiative to conserve some of Florida’s most vulnerable wildlife by designating and modifying Critical Wildlife Areas throughout Florida.  

FWC names Van Henry Volunteer Hunter Safety Instructor of the Year

September 09, 2016 

The FWC named Van Henry of Port Charlotte the 2015 Volunteer Hunter Safety Instructor of the Year at its Sept. 9 Commission meeting in St. Augustine. 

FWC honors Steve Wayne as 2016 Investigator of the Year

September 09, 2016 

The FWC recognized Investigator Steve Wayne as its 2016 Investigator of the Year during the Commission meeting in St. Augustine. 

Shikar-Safari honors 2016 Wildlife Officer of the Year

September 09, 2016 

The Shikar-Safari Club International named Lt. Dustin Lightsey its 2016 Wildlife Officer of the Year during the FWC meeting in St. Augustine. 

Bringing fish back from the Bahamas becomes easier Sept. 13

September 09, 2016 

A new exception goes into place Sept. 13 in state waters, allowing anglers to possess and land filleted dolphin, wahoo and reef fish that were caught in Bahamian waters. 

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