This page introduces you to Conservation Core Concept 7. There are 12 Core Concepts.
Core Concepts are fundamental ideas in fish and wildlife conservation that clearly state what every citizen should know about:
- Conservation of Florida’s fish and wildlife
- Managing Florida’s fish and wildlife resources
- Role of fish and wildlife agencies in conservation
- Role of citizens in fish and wildlife conservation
Incorporating the Core Concepts into FWC’s education and outreach programs focuses and strengthens these efforts in Florida.
7. Fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing and boating are appropriate uses of Florida’s natural resources and participation in these activities contributes to fish and wildlife management.
Key Message: Citizens enjoy fish and wildlife recreational activities and have the right to lawfully engage in them. Fish and wildlife recreation can be sustainably managed and can contribute to management through revenue, harvest information and increased public support.
Why this is important: Societal acceptance of fishing and hunting in particular is essential to sustain these activities. It is important that the public know that fish and game are a healthy food source that fishers and hunters support species and habitat conservation through purchasing licenses and equipment and that humans function as top predators thereby keeping populations healthy. Hunters and fishers also provide essential information about species such as weight, location harvested, size, sexual development and genetic makeup. Participation in fish and wildlife recreation can lead to support of fish and wildlife conservation.