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Venomous Reptile Regulations

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At its Sept. 8 meeting in St. Augustine, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved draft rule changes to existing venomous reptile regulations to improve public safety. These draft rules strengthen biosecurity requirements by requiring more secure enclosures to minimize the risk of escapes to the public and native environment. Commissioners also approved further action by FWC’s captive wildlife section by continuing Technical Assistance Group meetings in order to listen to the public and stakeholders and to recommend future actions such as education, amnesty options and new training requirements. FWC captive wildlife staff was directed by the Commission ... Read More »

7 Essentials For Family Fishing Trips

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Kieran caught some nice trout while wearing his good luck safety gear on a Captain Rapps Charter

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps While you probably can’t wait to get out on the water with the family, there are a few things you should have with you to keep them happy, healthy and safe during your fishing trip. 1. Life Jackets While you should have life jackets handy anyway, you should never take kids out fishing on the boat without having a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket in the proper size. Even if your child knows how to swim, you do not want to risk their safety. Although the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and ... Read More »

Critical Wildlife Areas

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By Charlette Roman State-designated Critical Wildlife Areas, or CWAs, established by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), are very important for the preservation of our local environment. These specified areas ensure that the most vulnerable wild creatures are protected for future generations. Because wildlife will concentrate in a CWA, we can protect large numbers by closing off a very small area. Marco Island benefits by having two CWAs. The Big Marco Pass CWA, which includes all of Sand Dollar and parts of Tigertail lagoon, was designated as a Critical Wildlife Area in 1988. This FWC-managed area protects shorebirds ... Read More »

New at-risk vessel law helps FWC

A new Florida law, approved by the Legislature and Governor during the 2016 Session, will enable county and local authorities along with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to more effectively manage the state’s waterways. The new law (F.S. 327.4107) allows law enforcement officers to issue non-criminal citations to owners who allow their boats to become “at risk” of becoming derelict. “This law allows officers to take action before a vessel crosses that line between at-risk and derelict, and hopefully prompts the owner to rectify any issues with the vessel before it reaches a state of disrepair,” said ... Read More »

Sea Turtle Update and Manatee Mortality

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How Can You Help Marco Island’s Sea Turtles?  Submitted 1. Make sure all holes in the sand near nesting sites are filled in. 2. Remove everything from the beach at night. This includes tents, chairs, coolers, toys, towels, plastic bottles and bags. And remember, no glass! 3. If you live in a condo on the beach, go on the beach and check the lighting after 9 PM. Have all the outside balcony lights turned off, and all windows with light on inside, shaded. 4. Stay 20 feet from a marked sea turtle nest. Call Mary Kelly Nelson, Environmental Specialist, Collier County ... Read More »

Ask Me About the Birds

From left: Gwyn Goodman, Vivian Patterson, Sue Ordershaw, Frances Diebler and Opi DiFalco take a break from bird watching.

Submitted Calusa Garden Club members are fascinated with birds of all kinds. So it was no surprise when club member Sandy Wallen hosted a late afternoon bird watching event at her newly built home overlooking the ABC Islands. Members arrived with high-powered viewing scopes and cameras, ready to take photos of the colonies of birds hovering over the three mangrove islands. Did you know that the waters surrounding the ABC Islands (just south of the Jolley Bridge) are closed to public access? According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), this buffer protects the nesting and roosting birds. ... Read More »

Sandbar Closed for Nesting Season

A brown pelican dwarfed by his larger cousins, the American white pelican.

Submitted  By a unanimous vote, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) designated the Second Chance (SC) sandbar as a Critical Wildlife Area (CWA) in November 2015. FWC Commissioner Liesa Priddy, a Southwest Florida resident, was an ardent advocate for the CWA designation and recently visited the SC sandbar. Commissioner Ron Bergeron and Chairman Brian Yablonski also were strong supporters of the CWA designation for SC sandbar. Annually, from March 1st to August 31st, SC is closed to public access for the summer nesting season. The sandbar is located one mile southeast of Cape Romano. It is owned by ... Read More »

Lionfish beware: FWC approves two-part lionfish removal effort for 2016

At its April 13 meeting in Jupiter, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved a two-part lionfish plan to further encourage removals of the invasive species in 2016. Lionfish have a potential negative impact on native wildlife and habitat and the FWC encourages divers and anglers to remove them from Florida waters whenever they can. The two-part initiative will include a statewide reward program that will expand upon 2015 efforts and a Panhandle Pilot Program. “Innovative programs like these are a great way to generate public involvement and interest in controlling the lionfish population,” said FWC Chairman Brian ... Read More »

Gentle Giant Release

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Following her full recovery from brevetoxicosis, this manatee is ready to be released.

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com On April 7th, Rookery Bay in congruence with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Tampa Lowry Park Zoo released a manatee on Shell Island Road in Naples. The manatee in question was a 1,000-pound female who was rescued back in January after falling critically ill due to the effects of red tide, or harmful algae bloom. While red tide is commonplace in much of Florida and the Gulf of Mexico, its impact on wildlife can be devastating. “The animal was showing signs of brevetoxicisity. It was having facial seizures, was unable to swim and ... Read More »

Florida’s bat maternity season begins

Do you have bats roosting in attic, eve or chimney spaces and want them to roost elsewhere? With bat maternity season starting April 15, now is the time to act. It is illegal to harm or kill bats in Florida, but they can be legally excluded from a building or structure by following effective, recommended practices that protect bats and people. Exclusions of bat colonies must be complete by April 15. “During bat maternity season, bats gather to give birth and raise their young,” said Terry Doonan, who works in species conservation planning for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). ... Read More »

Catch fish, win prizes

Want the opportunity to win prizes while helping to document and remove nonnative freshwater fish from Florida’s waters? Consider participating in the second statewide Nonnative Fish Catch, Click and Report Contest, coordinated by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and partners. The 2016 contest runs thru midnight on April 30. Participating is easy — anglers simply take a photo, enter detailed catch location or GPS coordinates, and report nonnative freshwater fish catches to IveGot1.org during the contest sample period. Catches can also be reported by downloading the IveGot1 app, by calling 888-IVE-GOT1(888-483-4681), or by posting photos and catch data to your Instagram acount. ... Read More »

Give Space to Nesting Shorebirds

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Submitted Shorebird nesting season is underway along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of Florida and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds beachgoers to watch out for and to avoid disturbing birds and their young. Shorebirds build shallow nests out of sand and shells on beaches in spring and summer, hatching chicks that are difficult to see. Shorebird nests, eggs and chicks are well camouflaged and can easily be missed and even stepped on unless people know to look out for them. The snowy plover, least tern, black skimmer, American oystercatcher and Wilson’s plover are several of Florida’s ... Read More »

A Sad Reminder: Dispose Fishing Line Properly

Monofilament carelessly left in the environment entangled this osprey,
resulting in death. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted A dead osprey was reported to be hanging from a pine tree near the fire station on San Marco Road this week. When city staff arrived, the osprey had already fallen to the ground. Its left talon was hooked by a circular fishing hook, and the body was wrapped by the line several times over with braided and monofilament fishing line. Even more heartbreaking, was the sight of the osprey’s partner perched in the tree over its dead mate. Reportedly, it was crying out for hours as its mate was hanging from the tree by the fishing line. Abandoned fishing ... Read More »

FWC considers modifying 2016 Gulf recreational red snapper season

At its Feb. 10 meeting at the Florida Public Safety Institute near Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved a draft rule to modify the 2016 Gulf of Mexico recreational red snapper season. This newly proposed season will be considered for final approval at the FWC’s April Commission meeting in Jupiter. The newly proposed season would be open Saturdays and Sundays in May starting May 7. On May 28, the season would open continuously through July 10. Finally, the season would reopen for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in September and October, and on Labor Day. This would provide for ... Read More »

FWC approves gag, black grouper size limit; gag season changes

At its Feb. 10 meeting at the Florida Public Safety Institute near Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved changes to the gag and black grouper minimum size limit and the gag grouper recreational season in Gulf state waters. The approvals include: Setting a 24-inch total length minimum size limit for recreational harvest of gag and black grouper in Gulf state waters Setting a June 1 through Dec. 31 recreational season for gag grouper in all state waters of the Gulf excluding Franklin, Wakulla, Taylor and Jefferson counties (which have their own season from April 1-June 30) and excluding Monroe ... Read More »

2016 Python Challenge

This coming year, with the help of our partners, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida are hosting the 2016 Python Challenge™. This month-long invasive species awareness campaign will again include a public competition to remove nonnative Burmese pythons from public lands in Florida. With expanded participating areas, the lands where participants can search for and remove pythons have more than doubled. Are you up for the Challenge? Register for the Python Removal Competition and compete to see if you can harvest the longest or the most Burmese pythons and win grand prizes of ... Read More »

FWC approves Atlantic gray triggerfish size, bag limit changes

At its Nov. 18 meeting in Panama City Beach, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved changes to the gray triggerfish size and bag limits in Atlantic state waters. The approvals include: In Atlantic state waters: Changing the recreational and commercial minimum size limit from 14 to 12 inches fork length and creating a 10-fish recreational bag limit Statewide: Changing the sale and import size limit from 14 to 12 inches fork length These changes will go into effect on Saturday, Nov. 21. The changes were approved after stakeholders in southeast Florida expressed concerns that a 14-inch minimum ... Read More »

New CWA Protects Nesting Birds

A Wilson Plover nesting out on the Sand Dollar spit, Big Marco Pass Critical Wildlife Area

Submitted A Collier County sandbar known as “Second Chance” was designated a Critical Wildlife Area (CWA) by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The island, part of a larger shoal complex, is an important nesting site for Wilson’s plovers and state-listed least terns and black skimmers. From March 1 through August 31 the sandbar will be closed to public access; the least tern, Wilson’s plover and black skimmer nesting season. Second Chance hosted the largest least tern ground colony in the region for four of the last five years. It is also an important site for Wilson’s plovers and ... Read More »

FWC passes new stone crab trap regulation

At its September meeting in Fort Lauderdale, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) amended its stone crab trap regulations for stone crab traps used in Collier, Monroe and Miami-Dade counties. Beginning this year’s stone crab season, the use of round entrances (also known as throats or funnels) will no longer be allowed for stone crab traps used in state or federal waters off these three counties. The changes will also require that the rectangular or rounded rectangular entrances typically used in stone crab traps be no larger than 5½ by 3 1/8 inches at the most narrow portion of ... Read More »

THE NAPLES ZOO AT CARIBBEAN GARDENS HIRES FULL TIME VETERINARIAN

The Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and nationally accredited zoo, has hired a full time veterinarian, Lizzy Arnett-Chinn. Ms. Arnett-Chinn is the first full time veterinarian to be hired at the Naples Zoo. Lizzy Arnett-Chinn stated, “While I have enjoyed my time at Buttonwood Park Zoo, I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with a more exotic collection in a warmer climate. I am joining the zoo at such an exciting time as we are currently planning to build a new veterinary hospital. I can’t wait to see the new plans unfold from the ground up and I am looking ... Read More »