Tag Archives: FWC

Second Chance Sandbar Closed for Summer Nesting Season

Submitted 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 a Critical Wildlife Area ... Read More »

FWC-Collier County Law Enforcement 

Officers Arbogast, Lugg, and Plussa responded to a boating accident that involved multiple personal watercraft (PWC) from a local tour group out of Marco Island. The accident occurred in a remote portion of the Ten Thousand Islands Wildlife Refuge. Officers quickly made their way to the accident scene along with the Collier County Sheriff’s Marine and Emergency Medical Service’s Marine ... Read More »

Citizen-Scientist for Horseshoe Crabs

Spring is approaching and that means it is peak mating season for horseshoe crabs. Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) are asking the public to report horseshoe crab sightings. Horseshoe crabs mate year-round, and spring is the peak season to see them in groups along the shore. To identify mating pairs, look for a smaller male ... Read More »

Snook to Reopen in Gulf Waters

The recreational harvest season for one of Florida’s premier fish, snook, reopened March 1 in Florida’s Gulf of Mexico state and adjacent federal waters, including Everglades National Park and Monroe County. The season will remain open through April 30. In the Gulf, anglers may keep one snook per day that is not less than 28 inches or more than 33 inches total length, ... Read More »

Photo Contest – 75 Years of Florida’s WMAs!

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) today is launching its 75 Years Wild photo contest encouraging people to explore the natural beauty of Florida’s Wildlife Management Area system. The photo contest has four themes, based on the seasons. To enter, visit the FWC’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/MyFWC, look for a photo contest Facebook post and then post your photo in the Comments section. ... Read More »

FWC 2017 Manatee Survey

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reported a preliminary count of 6,620 manatees in Florida waters. A team of 15 observers from 10 organizations counted 3,488 manatees on Florida’s east coast and 3,132 on the west coast of the state. The FWC is encouraged by a third straight year of a minimum count higher than 6,000 manatees in ... Read More »

Irula Tribesmen and Detector Dogs Help UF/IFAS and FWC Remove Pythons in Florida

The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) are working together on unique projects to target Burmese pythons in Florida. Two projects include using detection dogs and Irula tribesmen to help remove pythons from environmentally sensitive areas. In their first eight days on the job, the Irula tribesmen ... Read More »

75 Years of Conservation Success 

In 2017, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is commemorating the 75th anniversary of the wildlife management area system, one of the state’s greatest natural treasures. The FWC oversees this statewide network of remote and scenic lands, managing them for conservation and recreation. To celebrate the milestone and help people discover the opportunities these public lands offer, the FWC is ... Read More »

Injured Great Blue Heron

By Maria Lamb Since Thanksgiving, an injured great blue heron (GBH) has been walking around Tigertail Beach lagoon with a fishing lure three inches long dangling from its delicate, long neck. This heron is unable to swallow food naturally; it has lost weight, its feathers looking dull and matted and is weaker with each passing day. The heron was a ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement Report Collier 

While at a boat ramp in Naples, Investigator White saw an individual nearly sink his vehicle in the water when he pulled in too far to retrieve his vessel. Investigator White helped guide him through retrieving his vessel. The individual then got into his boat and Investigator White observed numerous signs of impairment. The individual loaded his boat and pulled ... Read More »

Anchoring and Mooring

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), in consultation with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), was directed by Florida’s Legislature in 2009 to establish a pilot program to explore potential options for regulating the anchoring or mooring of vessels (other than live-aboard vessels) outside the marked boundaries of public mooring fields. This Legislative action was codified in Section ... Read More »

$825,000 to Reduce Human-Bear Conflicts

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) today announced which local governments will be awarded a share of the $825,000 in bear-conflict reduction funding. This funding aims to reduce the number of bears spending time in neighborhoods by participating in cost sharing with local governments to provide more residents with bear-resistant equipment. Unsecured trash is the No. 1 reason ... Read More »

FWC Videos on How Best to Avoid Bear Conflicts

As part of a continuing effort to reduce conflicts with bears, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is releasing two new videos in the “Living with Florida Black Bears” series, designed to educate the public about how to safely coexist with bears in Florida. The “Cause for a Call” video outlines when and how people can reduce conflicts ... Read More »

Community Oriented Policing 

Officer Barringer attended the annual Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve post-season shoreline bird meeting, which was an opportunity for partners such as FWC biologists, FWC law enforcement, National Audubon Society, Rookery Bay staff and Team OCEAN to meet and share information about shorebird and seabird nesting data in Collier County. The meeting was arranged to learn more about statewide ... Read More »

FWC Chairman Brian Yablonski Recognized for Conservation Leadership

FWC Chairman Brian Yablonski was recognized with Audubon Florida’s Theodore Roosevelt award this weekend for reinvigorating the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) critical wildlife areas (CWA) program. This program protects vulnerable waterbirds from disturbance, ensuring these species can survive on increasingly crowded coasts and waterways. Yablonski accepted the award at the annual Audubon Assembly- Florida’s signature conservation event ... Read More »

Watch Out For Migrating Manatees!

Submitted Manatee numbers are up and these bulky aquatic mammals are on the move this month! The annual migration of Florida manatees begins in November, as the weather cools and Manatee Awareness Month is celebrated. Watch out for manatees swimming in Florida’s rivers, bays or coastal waters. Keep in mind this time of year manatees are searching for warmer waters ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement Cases

Officer Kleis initiated a derelict vessel investigation and, with the assistance of Officers Johnson and White, the owner was located and notified of the vessel’s condition. The officers gave the owner an ample amount of time to either improve the vessel’s condition or remove it from state waters. After a few weeks had passed and no effort was made to ... Read More »

Catch a Florida Memory

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) challenges you to Catch a Florida Memory and participate in any of three fun and exciting Saltwater Angler Recognition Programs, two of which are available for the first time starting today, Oct. 19. “Any angler knows saltwater fishing is a fun, challenging and rewarding sport, but these programs, which include the Saltwater ... Read More »

FWC Receives Proposals from Local Governments for Bear-Conflict Reduction Funding

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) received 19 proposals for $825,000 in available funding dedicated to help communities take a “BearWise” approach to reducing human-bear conflicts. The FWC is now moving forward with the process to allocate “BearWise” funding to communities and local governments in bear range. “We’re excited to partner with these communities on this important step to keep bears ... Read More »

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 »