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FWC biologist Kathleen Smith honored as Florida’s Resource Manager of the Year

August 14, 2018 

Kathleen Smith, a biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), has been honored with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Resource Manager of the Year award for her work at the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed Wildlife and Environmental Area in southwest Florida over the past six years. 

Hunter safety internet-completion courses offered in September

August 14, 2018 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering free hunter safety internet-completion courses in 13 counties during September (list follows). 

We need your input – East coast workshops on shore-based shark fishing start next week

August 13, 2018 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is gathering public input on shore-based shark fishing. Share your thoughts on the future management of this fishery by attending a public workshop. 

Blue crab trap closure ending early; Aug. 20-29 trap closure also cancelled

August 13, 2018 

Recreational and commercial blue crab traps may be placed back in state waters (shore to 3 nautical miles, including intracoastal waterways) from Brevard through Palm Beach counties starting Aug. 14. 

Lake Piney Z named a Top Mom-Approved Place to Fish and Boat

August 10, 2018 

After six weeks of nationwide voting, Tallahassee’s Lake Piney Z Fish Management Area was awarded fourth place in the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation’s contest to rank the Top 10 Mom-Approved Places to Fish and Boat in the nation. It was recognized for its vibrant fishery, wildlife-viewing opportunities, paddle trails, boat ramps, bike/walking trails, playground and family-friendly amenities. 

FWC receives applications for ‘BearWise’ funding

August 09, 2018 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will be providing up to $500,000 in BearWise funding to local governments to help reduce human-bear conflicts. The funding helps offset some of the costs for residents and businesses to acquire bear-resistant trash cans and dumpsters. 

Exotic Pet Amnesty Day set for Aug. 19 in West Palm Beach

August 09, 2018 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium are holding an Exotic Pet Amnesty Day event on Sunday, Aug. 19, in West Palm Beach. People may surrender their exotic pets at the event, whether they are being kept legally or illegally, without penalty or cost. 

Lionfish Challenge 2018 – 1 month to go – Aug. 8 update

August 08, 2018 

The Lionfish Challenge has less than a month to go (last day to submit is Labor Day, Sept. 3), but there is still plenty of time to earn prizes or find an FWC-tagged lionfish, worth up to $5,000. To learn more about where our tagged lionfish can be found, keep reading.  

3 idle-speed, no-wake zones now activated on Santa Fe River

August 08, 2018 

A third idle-speed, no-wake zone was activated today on the Santa Fe River, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officials. 

Help prevent CWD

August 07, 2018 

Chronic Wasting Disease, or CWD as it’s more commonly called, has most recently been detected in Mississippi. This is the closest the fatal deer disease has been to our Florida border. 

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