Tag Archives: FWC

Venomous Reptile Regulations


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 ... Read More »

7 Essentials For Family Fishing Trips

Submitted Photo
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 ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in September

Deborah, Sharon and Zaida caught some nice redfish, snook, trout, and sheepshead. Submitted photos

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps September is the warmest and usually rainiest month of the summer here in the 10,000 Islands. You can expect the daytime temperature to remain about 92, with the water temperature hovering around 86 to 88 degrees. Our average monthly rainfall in September is 9.2 inches. The tidal movements here are not huge like they are ... Read More »

Critical Wildlife Areas


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 ... Read More »

Shorebird Stewards Make a Difference

Shorebird Stewards Dave and Kim Francisco, Terry Wilson, Dominique Rossetti (FWC) and Karol Tenace. Photos by Jean Hall

Submitted Lucky Birds: Volunteers from the Collier Shorebird Stewardship Program, wearing bright green shirts with bold letters, “Ask Me About The Birds,” were the “boots on the sand” ensuring a successful nesting season at Big Marco Pass (BMP), also known as Sand Dollar Island. They worked around challenges posed by the Hideaway and Central Beach dredging projects, the effects of ... Read More »



To improve communications between local stone crab fishermen and FWC, Lieutenant Mahoney arranged for a public question-and-answer session to address how we can continue to provide enforcement actions and address enforcement issues from the past season. They also discussed how the overall stone crab fishery is viewed by the fishermen. During the meeting, fourteen law enforcement personnel attended, including two ... 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” ... Read More »

FWC Seeks Input On Manatee Zones


Submitted The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is holding a rule development workshop to gather additional public input on potential changes to the existing manatee protection zones in Collier County. The workshop will be held at 5:30 p.m. on July 14 at the Collier County Commission Chambers, 3299 Tamiami Trail E (third floor) in Naples. The FWC has ... Read More »

Gopher Tortoises in Distress

A gopher tortoise is no match to this heavy pile driver. Photos by Maria Lamb

By Maria Lamb   The construction of an 8-foot wide sidewalk along the 1.1 miles on South Barfield Drive from San Marco Road south to Inlet Drive is in progress. The portion from South Barfield turning east to Inlet is a section of the Estates area with a very high population of gopher tortoises. These are the lucky ones! Credit ... Read More »

Snook Stock is on the Rise

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) took immediate action to help the snook population rebound after a prolonged cold spell in January 2010. The cold snap, which led the FWC to close the fisheries, had a much greater effect on the snook population on the Gulf Coast than it did on the Atlantic Coast. The Atlantic fishery was ... Read More »

Webinars to discuss bear management

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting three public webinars to discuss the FWC’s black bear management program and answer questions. Topics to be addressed at the webinars include new bear population estimates, 2016 bear range updates, Bear Wise communities, results of the 2015 limited bear hunt, and input concerning a possible hunt in 2016. The webinars will ... Read More »

Sea Turtles Cry Foul Over Dredging Project

Sand Dollar spit creeping slowly to Hideaway Beach will be removed. The area will be dredged to a depth of 9 feet.

Submitted Loggerhead sea turtles, nesting shorebirds and assorted marine life will become collateral damage from the Marco Central beach hydraulic dredging project just getting started at Hideaway Beach. As dredging starts, female loggerhead turtles are navigating their way into our beaches this month through the end of October. Project Detail: At its March 21st meeting, the Marco Island City Council ... Read More »

Sand Dollar Island Under Assault

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In violation of the Beach Ordinance, campers cook breakfast at Sand Dollar Island

Submitted On Saturday morning, May 7th, around 10 AM, a dog owner was seen happily walking her dog around a shorebird posted area at Sand Dollar spit. On Saturday mid-day, May 7th, there were kite boarders and boats observed on Sand Dollar Island. One beachgoer, on the Hideaway Beach side, counted 40 boats and close to 300 people on Sand ... 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 ... 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 ... Read More »

Gopher Tortoise – There is an App For You!

Pair of adults eyeing each other. Breeding season is from August-November. Photo by Jean Hall

Submitted No person shall take, attempt to take, pursue, hunt, harass, capture, possess, sell or transport a gopher tortoise or parts thereof, their eggs, molest, damage or destroy their burrow except by permit from Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The month of March has been devastating for gopher tortoises in Marco Island. There were five gopher tortoises reported ... 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 ... Read More »

Give Space to Nesting Shorebirds


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 ... Read More »

Boaters – Look Out for Manatees

Submitted Taking their cues from the warm spring weather, Florida manatees have begun leaving their winter retreats and heading north along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts and through inland waters. So if you’re a boater enjoying spring days on the water, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) cautions you to look out for manatees and follow posted manatee ... Read More »

Sandbar Closed For Nesting Season

PHOTOS BY JEAN HALL Beverly Anderson Rookery Bay reserve biologist and Adam DiNuovo Audubon Shorebird stewardship coordinator.

COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson renee.wilson@dep.state.fl.us Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (RBNERR), in cooperation with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Audubon Florida, has closed the emergent sandbar located one mile southeast of Cape Romano, known as “Second Chance.” The sandbar, which is closed to public access annually from March 1 – August 31, was designated as ... Read More »