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FWC’s Aug. 7 workshop in Collier County encourages local governments to conserve gopher tortoises

July 26, 2018 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is holding regional workshops to present information on opportunities for local governments to help conserve gopher tortoises in Florida. A workshop is scheduled for Aug. 7 in Collier County. 

FWC invites the public to attend 9th Annual Florida Waterfowl Summit

July 26, 2018 

The public is invited to attend the free ninth annual United Waterfowlers Florida (UW-F) and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Florida Waterfowl Summit on Aug. 10 which will focus on aquatic plant management and the challenges associated with nutrients and invasive species. The meeting will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Ballroom at the Ocala Hilton, 3600 SW 36th Ave., Ocala, FL 34474. 

Idle-speed, no-wake restrictions activated on Santa Fe River’s Zone 5

July 26, 2018 

Idle-speed, no-wake restrictions were activated today for Zone 5 on the Santa Fe River, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officials. 

Catch a Florida Memory with south Florida angler, Allison Stattner

July 25, 2018 

Allison Stattner is rocking the fishing world. A participant in Florida’s Saltwater Angler Recognition programs, Stattner is one of only a handful of elite Saltwater Fish Life List “30 Fish Club” members, joining the ranks when she checked the permit of a lifetime off her list back in May. This means she has caught and documented 30 of 71 different species of fish in Florida and has been rewarded for her fishing efforts. 

FWC seeking lionfish abstracts for 2018 Lionfish Summit

July 25, 2018 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is seeking abstracts for the upcoming 2018 Lionfish Summit, Oct. 2-4, in Cocoa Beach. The deadline for abstract submissions is Aug. 3. 

FWC approves new Florida Saltwater Fishing Records

July 24, 2018 

Five new Florida Saltwater Fishing Records were approved in the past year, including an 826-pound, 8-ounce bluefin tuna caught by Rick Whitley off Destin, along with Capt. Joey Birbeck and mates, Dennis Bennett and Josh Goodson, of the vessel "You Never Know." Whitley’s impressive catch took the vacant bluefin tuna state record slot, filling the final vacancy in the conventional tackle category. 

Bowhunting course offered in Miami-Dade County

July 24, 2018 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering a free bowhunting course in Miami-Dade County. 

Good news for a big snake

July 23, 2018 

Twenty federally threatened eastern indigo snakes have just been released in northern Florida at The Nature Conservancy’s Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve (ABRP) as part of a collaborative endeavor to return the native, nonvenomous apex predator to the region. The release of the snakes marks the second year in a row of the reintroduction effort, and furthers the long-term joint plan of multiple nonprofit, agency, and academia partners to restore this important species to the region. 

Everglades and Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area reopens to public

July 19, 2018 

Temporarily restricting access to this WMA was a necessary conservation measure because high water levels had forced wildlife to take refuge on tree islands and levees, resulting in stressful conditions for the animals.  

Help plan the future of L. Kirk Edwards Wildlife and Environmental Area

July 19, 2018 

FWC staff will present the draft land management plan for the FWC-managed WEA, and people will be encouraged to comment and ask questions.  

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