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  • Santa Fe’s idle-speed, no-wake zone deactivated

    Monday, March 23, 2020 -  There are now no active zones on the Santa Fe or Suwannee, according to FWC officials.
  • Idle-speed, no-wake zone activated on Santa Fe River

    Wednesday, March 18, 2020 -  Zone 8 begins at an unnamed island approximately 4.25 miles upstream from the confluence of the Santa Fe and Ichetucknee rivers (coordinates: 29° 54.527’ N, 82° 46.074’ W) and ends at the confluence of the Suwannee and Santa Fe rivers.
  • Mark your calendars: 2020 Lionfish Festival May 16-17 in Destin; vendors and divers wanted

    Tuesday, March 10, 2020 -  The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is excited to announce the 6th annual Lionfish Removal and Awareness Festival May 16 and 17 at AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar and HarborWalk Village in Destin. Come out and celebrate the fight against invasive lionfish with the FWC and Destin – Fort Walton Beach.
  • Help plan the future of Okaloacoochee Slough Wildlife Management Area

    Monday, March 9, 2020 -  The public hearing will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 19 at the John Boy Auditorium, 1200 S. WC Owen Ave. in Clewiston.
  • Nathaniel Scott Kicklighter with his 14 pound, 11 ounce bass.

    State record fish require proper certification

    Thursday, March 5, 2020 -  To properly certify a new Florida state record, an FWC biologist must identify the fish species, and an FWC employee—usually but not necessarily the same individual—must witness its weighing on a certified scale.
  • Hunter safety internet-completion course offered in 7 counties for April

    Wednesday, March 4, 2020 -  The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering free hunter safety internet-completion courses in seven counties during April. Hunter safety courses are designed to help students become safe, responsible and knowledgeable hunters and learn about conservation.
  • montage of shoreirds, bear, sea turtle and manatee

    Wildlife is on the move in spring

    Monday, March 2, 2020 -  This increased level of wildlife activity means people are more likely to encounter wildlife and should take precautions to avoid disrupting these natural behaviors and prevent conflicts with wildlife.
  • Meetings set to discuss draft rule proposal related to CWD

    Friday, February 28, 2020 -  Meeting attendees will be invited to comment on a draft rule amendment, which if passed would prohibit importing or possessing whole and parts of carcasses of all members of the deer family originating from outside of Florida, except for de-boned meat; finished taxidermy mounts; antlers; and hides, skulls, skull caps, and teeth if all soft tissue has been removed.
  • Indian Prairie Burn

    Prescribed burn planned on Lake Okeechobee

    Thursday, February 27, 2020 -  The FWC, South Florida Water Management District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan to conduct a prescribed burn on the northwest end of Lake Okeechobee this week,
  • Help FWC monitor freshwater turtle die-offs due to virus

    Thursday, February 27, 2020 -  A fatal viral disease continues to impact Florida freshwater turtles, and the FWC asks the public to assist the ongoing investigation by reporting sick and dead turtles.