December 01, 2015
With just a no-cost permit, mackerel tournament directors can donate tournament-caught king and Spanish mackerel to a licensed wholesale dealer in exchange for a donation to the charity of the tournament's choice.
September 04, 2015
Stakeholders in southeast Florida and the Florida Keys have voiced concerns about declining barracuda numbers observed when fishing and diving. FWC staff gathered public input from concerned stakeholders at workshops conducted earlier this year. The FWC is responding to these concerns by creating bag limits to prevent further declines and conserve barracuda in the region.
September 03, 2015
The amendment to Florida Administrative Code 68D-24.020 would remove flood zone restrictions on two remote stretches of the lower Suwannee River, divide the Santa Fe River into four independent flood zones, incorporate changes to federal gauge datum and update maps to reflect changes in the restricted areas.
June 24, 2015
FWC Commissioners approved several bear-related rules that address a wide variety of tools to manage bears.
June 19, 2015
These changes will provide new opportunities to enter the lobster commercial dive fishery while maintaining traditional participation levels. Allowing endorsements to be transferred will also prevent the commercial spiny lobster dive industry from eventually being phased out.
June 19, 2015
A restricted species endorsement allows commercially licensed fishermen to harvest and sell certain species.
June 16, 2015
The Commission will meet June 23-25 in the Hyatt Regency, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota. All sessions are open to members of the public who want to attend. The half-day session Tuesday, June 23, starts at 1:30 p.m. The sessions on Wednesday and Thursday start at 8:30 a.m.
June 12, 2015
The FWC, in partnership with Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, is hosting two public workshops to discuss the proposed designation of a Critical Wildlife Area at Cape Romano Shoals, also known as Second Chance, located approximately nine miles south of Marco Island in Collier County.
June 10, 2015
In the North BMU, the study shows the black bear population estimate is more than 500 bears, more than double the estimate from 2002. In the Central BMU, the population estimate is more than 1,200 bears, an increase of nearly 30 percent over the previous estimate.
May 29, 2015
Many of the changes implemented last fall for the winter harvest season (Sept. 1-May 31) will continue during the summer season (June 1-Aug. 31) in Apalachicola Bay, including all waters of Indian Lagoon in Gulf County.