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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. 

Take 10 lionfish, get an extra lobster during sport season and possibly take home a T-shirt

June 25, 2015 

The FWC has approved a new and exciting opportunity that will encourage divers to remove invasive lionfish by allowing them to take one extra spiny lobster each day during the two-day sport season this summer (July 29-30) that they also harvest 10 lionfish. 

Commission moves forward with considering innovative bass regulations

June 25, 2015 

The FWC favorably reviewed draft rules that could ultimately change statewide length limits for black bass species, including eliminating many specific rules for different water bodies. The intent of the proposal is to simplify rules; allow anglers to keep smaller, more abundant largemouth bass; and increase abundance of larger bass in lakes and rivers across the state. 

Public requests for barracuda conservation measures in south Florida receive initial approval by FWC

June 25, 2015 

The FWC gave initial approval to several barracuda conservation measures after hearing concerns from various south Florida stakeholder groups about potential declines in barracuda populations. These proposed changes will come back before the Commission at its September meeting in Weston for final approval. 

Commissioners elect new chairman, vice chairman

June 25, 2015 

At its June meeting, FWC elected Brian Yablonski, of Tallahassee, to serve as chairman and Aliese “Liesa” Priddy of Immokalee was elected vice chairman, effective July 1.  

FWC biologist receives conservation award for outstanding career achievement

June 25, 2015 

FWC fisheries biologist Lawson Snyder was honored as the 2015 recipient of the Louise Ireland Humphrey Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions to the conservation of Florida’s fish and wildlife. FWC Commissioners presented the award at the agency’s meeting in Sarasota on June 25.  

FWC bear management coordinator receives employee of the year award

June 25, 2015 

David Telesco, FWC bear management program coordinator has received the Chairman Rodney Barreto Employee of the Year Award for his outstanding leadership when dealing with a succession of bear attacks and initiating additional efforts to prevent such attacks. FWC Commissioners presented Telesco with the award at their meeting June 25 in Sarasota. 

Fishing association honors 2 FWC employees

June 25, 2015 

Capt. Pat Kelly, Florida Guides Association president, presented FWC Officer Ken Thompson with the “Trained Eyes Coastwatchers” Officer of the Year award. Dr. Luiz Barbieri with the FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, received the Capt. Phil Chapman Conservation Award.  

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