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Gov. Scott awards 3 FWC officers with Medals of Heroism

October 17, 2017 

These three FWC officers, along with many more stationed in the Keys, helped conduct search-and-rescue missions and responded to many requests for assistance and evacuation during and immediately following Hurricane Irma in Monroe County.  

Update 3: Unified Command begins removal process for vessels displaced by Hurricane Irma

September 29, 2017 

The Emergency Support Function 10 Florida, a Unified Command, has initiated removal efforts prioritizing vessels displaced by Hurricane Irma which are actively polluting or creating a hazard to navigation to traffic in the area.  

UPDATE: Unified Command continues assessment of vessels affected by Hurricane Irma, prioritizes displaced vessel removal

September 28, 2017 

The Emergency Support Function 10 (ESF 10) Florida, consisting of multiple state and federal agencies, is continuing efforts to assess and remove hazards in the wake of Hurricane Irma. 

Fishing association honors 2 FWC officers

July 11, 2017 

Capt. Pat Kelly, Florida Guides Association president, presented FWC officers Peter “Sean” Gaudion and Michael Bibeau with the “Trained Eyes Coastwatchers” Officer of the Year award. 

FWC uncovers major alligator violations in long-term covert investigation

May 24, 2017 

During the course of the investigation, FWC undercover officers documented numerous criminal violations, resulting in the arrest of nine individuals for 44 felony violations. 

FWC: Safe boating saves lives

May 17, 2017 

In conjunction with National Safe Boating Week, Gov. Rick Scott has issued a proclamation declaring May 20-26, Safe Boating Week in Florida.  

FWC officers catch major poachers in Lawtey

May 15, 2017 

During an investigation that began in November, FWC officers worked the case through social media and phone data search warrants, along with interviews of the suspects. 

Shikar-Safari honors 2017 Wildlife Officer of the Year

April 20, 2017 

The Shikar-Safari Club International named Officer Jason Hutchinson its 2017 Wildlife Officer of the Year during the FWC's meeting near Tallahassee. 

Sturgeon returning to the Suwannee River

April 03, 2017 

Going slow is recommended to reduce the risk of impact and to have more reaction time if a jumping sturgeon is encountered. Boaters are always encouraged to wear their life jackets at all times while on the water. 

Keep a lookout for manatees in motion this spring

March 22, 2017 

From April 1 through Nov. 15, seasonal manatee zones require boaters to slow down in certain areas to prevent manatees from being struck by motorboats or personal watercraft.  

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