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FWC welcomes new chairman, vice chairman

July 01, 2015 

July 1, new leaders assumed their roles with the FWC. At its Sarasota meeting, the FWC elected Vice Chairman Brian Yablonski of Tallahassee to serve as chairman and Aliese “Liesa” Priddy of Immokalee to serve as vice chairman. 

Check the box; do something nice for manatees, sea turtles

July 01, 2015 

When you check the box, you are donating $5 to the funds supporting conservation of these popular Florida wildlife species. You will receive one or both of the new Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) decals featuring manatees and sea turtles, depending on how many boxes you check. They are available as of July 1. 

Join the Dove Club!

July 01, 2015 

Dove Club permits enable one adult and one youth (age 15 or younger) to hunt all scheduled dates for the dove field of their choice.  

FWC announces workshop on Santa Fe boating safety zones

July 01, 2015 

The FWC is holding a workshop to address proposed changes to the boating safety zones affecting vessel speed during flood conditions in the Santa Fe River. The workshop is scheduled for July 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Fort White Community Center. 

FWC urges the public to steer clear of nesting sea turtles this holiday weekend

July 01, 2015 

The FWC is urging the public to be aware of nesting sea turtles while they celebrate this holiday weekend. FWC law enforcement officers on patrol this weekend will explain the unintended consequences that can occur when nesting turtles are disturbed by beachgoers.  

Sea turtle nests, skimmer chicks destroyed; FWC seeks information

June 30, 2015 

The FWC is seeking information about the identity of a man and woman responsible for knowingly driving an all-terrain vehicle through marked-off sea turtle and shorebird nesting areas – destroying five sea turtle nests and killing two black skimmer chicks. 

FWC Marine Fisheries wants to hear from you at summer workshop series

June 30, 2015 

Whether you are a seafood aficionado who wants priority placed on getting fish to the dinner plate, a recreational fisher who prefers to catch and release or a commercial fisher whose catch is destined for restaurants and homes around the state and beyond, the FWC wants to know what marine fisheries issues concerned you. This is your chance to let the FWC know what it is doing right, where you see opportunities for improvement, and what you think should be the state’s top priorities for marine fisheries management. 

Personal fireworks don’t mix with nesting shorebirds

June 30, 2015 

The FWC asks the public to help protect beach-nesting shorebirds across the state by giving them space and keeping personal fireworks off the beach. Shorebirds are nesting on beaches along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of Florida, with many still watching over flightless chicks during the busy Independence Day weekend.  

Orange Lake Habitat Management Plan needs stakeholder involvement, input

June 30, 2015 

Residents, business owners and everyone who has concerns or interest in the Orange Lake Habitat Management Plan Stakeholder Process are welcome and encouraged to attend the July 14 meeting from 6 to 9 p.m. at Grand Lake RV and Golf Resort. 

Learn a hobby at free Women’s Fishing Clinic in Panama City Beach

June 29, 2015 

Participants will not only take home a lifelong hobby, they will leave with a new appreciation for the marine environment. They will learn the basics of environmental stewardship, fishing ethics, angling skills, safety and the vulnerability of Florida’s marine ecosystems in a fun, laid-back atmosphere. 

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