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FWC to hold meetings on coastal conservation

News Release

Monday, October 31, 2011

Media contact: Carli Segelson, 727-896-8626

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Coastal Wildlife Conservation Initiative is holding public meetings in Marathon on Nov. 8 and 9. 

The Coastal Wildlife Conservation Initiative is a new, comprehensive strategy for approaching wildlife conservation issues in the coastal areas of Florida.

Those with interests or a stake in coastal issues in Monroe County are encouraged to attend the Marathon meetings.

For convenience, the FWC will hold two sessions; both will be the same format, and participants can attend whichever is more convenient.  The Nov. 8 session is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; the Nov. 9 session is from 9 a.m. to noon. Both meetings will be at the Marathon Garden Club, 5270 Overseas Highway.  

Attendees are asked to register online in advance of the meetings. Go to, select "Coastal Wildlife Conservation Initiative," then "Register."

FWC staff will present an overview of the initiative and its partnership strategy and ask attendees to identify pressing coastal conservation issues in their area and discuss gaps in research, education, management and regulation that stand in the way of resolving those issues.

"The CWCI's vision is to ensure the long-term conservation of native wildlife in coastal ecosystems throughout Florida in balance with human activities," said Blair Hayman, CWCI coordinator. "Critical, immediate, as well as long-standing coastal wildlife conservation issues could be addressed more effectively through the cooperative efforts of a partnership rather than by individual agencies or entities," she said.

For more information on the Coastal Wildlife Conservation Initiative visit or contact Blair Hayman, at 386-758-0525 or

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