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  • FWC investigating vessel accident in Destin; numerous injuries, one missing
    on March 18, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), in conjunction with Okaloosa County Sherrif’s Office, Bay County Sherrif’s Office, Panama City Fire Department and the U.S. Coast Guard, are responding to the scene of a vessel accident that occurred this morning at the Destin jetty. FWC dispatch received notification at 6:08 a.m. of a vessel accident at the east Destin jetty, in which 11 people had been aboard. Ten people have been accounted for from the accident and one […]

  • Hunter safety course offered in Calhoun County
    on March 14, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering a free hunter safety course in Calhoun County. Students who have taken the online course and wish to complete the classroom portion must bring the online-completion report with them. All firearms, ammunition and materials are provided free of charge. Students should bring a pen or pencil and paper. Children younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Anyone born on or after June 1, 1975, must pass an […]

  • Learn a hobby at free Women’s Fishing Clinic in St. Augustine
    on January 22, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Learn the skills to successfully cast your line into the sea by attending the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Women’s Fishing Clinic Feb. 20 in St. Augustine. The free, day-long clinic is from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Anastasia State Park, 1340-A A1A South. Advance registration is required. To register or get more information, contact Heather Sneed at Heather.Sneed@MyFWC.com or 850-487-0554. Participants will take home a lifelong hobby and leave with a new […]

  • Hunter safety Internet-completion course offered in January for Jefferson County
    on January 20, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering a free hunter safety Internet-completion course in Jefferson County in January. Students who have taken the online course and wish to complete the classroom portion must bring the online-completion report with them. All firearms, ammunition and materials are provided free of charge. Students should bring a pen or pencil and paper. An adult must accompany children younger than 16 at all times. Anyone born on or after June […]

  • Roads in Box-R WMA reopened
    on January 14, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has reopened the roads that were closed within Box-R Wildlife Management Area (WMA). On Jan. 5, FWC officials temporarily closed the following roads because of high water levels at the WMA: Sneads Hammock Road, Deep Slough Road, Buzzard Bay Road, West Boundary Road and the portion of Huckleberry Lane from the Box-R Cottage driveway north to the Jackson River. Staff has determined that conditions are safe, so the roads are now […]

  • Catch a Florida Memory with 10-year-old Katlyn Paul
    on August 10, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Summer may be coming to a close, but for 10-year-old Katlyn Paul, this summer was one she’ll never forget. Katlyn submitted 10 different species to the 71-species Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Saltwater Fish Life List, one of three of our Catch a Florida Memory Saltwater Recognition programs. This qualified her for the first tier of the Saltwater Fish Life List Club. Katlyn with her Saltwater Reel Big Fish qualifying gray triggerfish. Shortly after, […]

  • FWC adds new category to Florida Saltwater Fishing Records program
    on August 8, 2017 at 10:08 am

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), in collaboration with the International Game Fish Association, maintains state all-tackle records for the heaviest marine fishes caught in Florida waters, including 77 species in both conventional tackle and fly-fishing categories. Recently, a new category for kingfish (whiting), which includes species in the Menticirrhus family, provides an additional challenge for anglers. Kingfish (whiting) caught after June 30, 2017, are eligible […]

  • Update: Gulf County bay scallop season opening remains postponed
    on August 4, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    The bay scallop season off Gulf County remains postponed due to a naturally occurring algae bloom in St. Joseph Bay. The season postponement will continue until scallop samples test safe for human consumption. The bay scallop season off Gulf County was slated to open July 25, but this season was postponed in all state waters from the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County through the westernmost point of St. Vincent Island in Franklin County. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) […]

  • Spiny lobster regular recreational and commercial season starts Aug. 6
    on August 3, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    The two-day sport season last week successfully wrapped up, and lobster lovers everywhere are now getting ready for the regular recreational and commercial season, which starts Aug. 6 and runs through March 31, 2018. This economically important season generates more than $1 million through the sales of more than 200,000 spiny lobster permits annually. “Based on what we saw during the two-day mini-season last month, we look forward to successful recreational harvests as well as ample […]

  • FWC conducts aquatic plant control on Lake Rousseau
    on August 2, 2017 at 10:32 am

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will conduct aquatic plant control on Lake Rousseau from Aug. 7 through Aug. 18, weather permitting. Lake Rousseau is part of the Withlacoochee River and is located in parts of Citrus, Levy and Marion counties, west of Dunnellon. Invasive hydrilla will be treated only in boat trails, but water lettuce and water hyacinth will be treated throughout the lake. Boat trails requiring hydrilla treatment to maintain navigation include County […]

  • FWC, Franklin County and Carrabelle provide hardware to make trash cans bear resistant
    on July 31, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    Photos available on the FWC’s Flickr site: http://bit.ly/2vnjVhi   Franklin County and the city of Carrabelle are partnering with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to help residents secure their garbage from bears. Securing attractants, such as garbage, is the most effective way to reduce conflicts with bears. Human-bear conflicts in these areas have been primarily caused by bears feeding from unsecured residential garbage. The county and city […]

  • Stick on a decal to show support for Florida’s manatees, sea turtles
    on July 27, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Photos available on the FWC’s Flickr site: http://bit.ly/2tDlF3I  There are more manatees and sea turtles in Florida than in any other state. More than 6,000 manatees swim in its coastal waters, rivers and freshwater springs, and thousands of sea turtles nest and hatch on its Atlantic and Gulf coast beaches. It’s easy to show support for these iconic Florida species by sticking on a decal. Every July the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) introduces new […]

  • FWC workshop in Nassau County encourages local governments to conserve gopher tortoises
    on July 27, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Photos available on the FWC’s Flickr site: http://bit.ly/29haxzE  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. The goal of these workshops is to identify ways cities and counties can participate in conserving one of Florida’s threatened species. In addition, the FWC will discuss financial incentives available for local […]

  • New FWC BearWise funding will focus on communities with ordinances
    on July 20, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Photos available on the FWC’s Flickr site:  http://bit.ly/2vnjVhi  In an effort to help reduce human-bear conflicts, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is inviting local governments to apply for BearWise funding for their communities. The FWC will focus on providing funding to local governments with BearWise ordinances requiring residents and businesses to keep garbage secure from bears. The funding will offset the costs for residents and businesses to […]

  • FWC workshop in Polk County encourages local governments to conserve gopher tortoises
    on July 20, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Photos available on the FWC’s Flickr site: http://bit.ly/29haxzE  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. The goal of these workshops is to identify ways cities and counties can participate in conserving one of Florida’s threatened species. In addition, the FWC will discuss financial incentives available for local […]

  • Take a bowhunter education course in September
    on August 9, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Florida bowhunters will have an opportunity to attend a National Bowhunter Education Foundation certified bowhunter education course in Citrus, Duval or Columbia counties in September. The course will be conducted using the online, distance-learning format. A bowhunting enthusiast can access the program on the NBEF website by entering through the Florida portal and completing the online classroom topics, before attending a shortened, interactive field day. The Florida course is found at […]

  • Hunter safety course offered in September for Madison County
    on August 9, 2017 at 10:36 am

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering a free traditional hunter safety course for Madison County. The class is Sept. 4, 5 and 6 from 7 to 10 p.m. with a range day Sept. 9 from 1 p.m. until complete. The class and range day will be held in Madison. All firearms, ammunition and materials are provided free of charge. Students should bring a pen or pencil and paper. An adult must accompany children younger than 16 at all times. Students must attend all sessions to […]

  • Hunter safety internet-completion courses offered in September
    on August 9, 2017 at 10:33 am

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering free hunter safety internet-completion courses in eight counties in September (list follows). Students who have taken the online course and wish to complete the classroom portion must bring the online-completion report with them. All firearms, ammunition and materials are provided free of charge. Students should bring a pen or pencil and paper. An adult must accompany children younger than 16 at all times. Anyone born on […]

  • FWC asks hunters to help monitor for CWD
    on August 4, 2017 at 10:23 am

    By Tony Young “The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is looking to hunters this coming season to help us monitor the state’s deer herd for chronic wasting disease, or CWD as it’s more commonly called. We’re fortunate that CWD has not been found in Florida or our neighboring states. But it’s going to take the help of hunters to keep it that way,” said Cory Morea, FWC’s Deer Management Program coordinator. “Any Floridian […]

  • Hunter safety courses offered in Santa Rosa County
    on August 3, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering free hunter safety courses in Santa Rosa County (list follows). Students who have taken the online course and wish to complete the classroom portion must bring the online-completion report with them. Traditional course students must complete the entire course in person. All firearms, ammunition and materials are provided free of charge. Students should bring a pen or pencil and paper. An adult must accompany children […]