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FWC bear management coordinator receives employee of the year award

June 25, 2015 

David Telesco, FWC bear management program coordinator has received the Chairman Rodney Barreto Employee of the Year Award for his outstanding leadership when dealing with a succession of bear attacks and initiating additional efforts to prevent such attacks. FWC Commissioners presented Telesco with the award at their meeting June 25 in Sarasota. 

Fishing association honors 2 FWC employees

June 25, 2015 

Capt. Pat Kelly, Florida Guides Association president, presented FWC Officer Ken Thompson with the “Trained Eyes Coastwatchers” Officer of the Year award. Dr. Luiz Barbieri with the FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, received the Capt. Phil Chapman Conservation Award.  

FWC approves comprehensive bear management rules

June 24, 2015 

FWC Commissioners approved several bear-related rules that address a wide variety of tools to manage bears. 

Plan to conserve dozens of imperiled species updated

June 24, 2015 

Florida’s Imperiled Species Management Plan, a combination of species-specific actions and broader conservation strategies, is being updated to reflect both new scientific knowledge and significant input from the public. 

Gulf of Mexico greater amberjack size limit change approved by FWC

June 24, 2015 

The FWC approved changing the minimum size limit for greater amberjack caught in Gulf of Mexico state waters from 30 inches fork length to 34 inches fork length. This change will make state-water regulations in the Gulf consistent with pending federal regulation changes and will go into effect after federal regulations are approved.  

FWC approves new manatee zones for western Pinellas

June 24, 2015 

To develop the proposed manatee zones, the FWC worked closely with Pinellas County, local municipalities, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and a local rule review committee. The measures will provide important protection for manatees while having limited impacts on local businesses and boaters. 

FWC discusses strategic priorities for panther conservation

June 23, 2015 

The draft paper presented at the meeting calls for focusing strong conservation efforts on the panther’s core range in south Florida, effective ways to address human-panther conflicts, and building support among private landowners whose properties provide essential panther habitat. 

Important facts you need to know about black bear conservation in Florida

June 22, 2015 

Numerous recent articles and editorials have addressed the FWC's bear management program. Much of the writing has focused on the proposal to reinstate limited bear hunting in Florida. FWC staff and Commissioners welcome and respect the diversity of opinions, questions and input regarding this proposal, but some of the writing has including false or misleading information. I offer this document to provide a factual perspective on FWC's comprehensive approach to bear management and the proposed bear hunting season. 

FWC law enforcement officers to help stop boating under the influence during Operation Dry Water

June 22, 2015 

June 26-28, law enforcement agencies nationwide will be out looking for boaters operating under the influence and removing them from the water. The annual three-day campaign, Operation Dry Water, focuses on deterring boaters from boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  

Free bowhunting education course offered in Miami-Dade County

June 22, 2015 

People interested in attending this course may register online and obtain information about future hunter safety classes at MyFWC.com/HunterSafety or by calling the FWC’s South Region Office at 561-625-5122. 

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