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Species Conservation Measures and Permitting Guidelines

Species Conservation Measures and Permitting Guidelines are being developed for all species included in Florida's Imperiled Species Management Plan. Completion of Guidelines for all species included in Florida's Imperiled Species Management Plan is anticipated in 2024.

While guidelines are being developed, stakeholders can provide written comments on the Guidelines to Imperiled@myfwc.com. Public webinars will be conducted during public comment periods, which occur for each set of Guidelines developed. Public comment opportunities will be advertised in the Florida Administrative Register and on this webpage

These Guidelines are intended to provide clear information on the requirements established in F. A. C. related to intentional and incidental take permitting. They also provide guidance on species range, survey methodology, and recommended practices.

All Species Conservation Measures and Permitting Guidelines have accompanying Species Action Plans, which outline species-specific actions which minimize impacts from known threats, improve habitat, and strengthen conservation and recovery efforts

Black Skimmers

The public comment period has concluded for the revised draft Species Conservation Measures and Permitting Guidelines for four state-Threatened bird species. An updated version of the Imperiled Beach-nesting Bird Guidelines is available.

Webinar Presentation

ShoreMapper is an application that supports the draft Species Conservation Measures and Permitting Guidelines. For more information on how to use ShoreMapper, please see the draft instructional video for the ShoreMapper application.

Below are the Guidelines approved by the Commission

For questions or comments about permits, please visit our Protected Wildlife Permits page. To report a wildlife violation, please visit our Wildlife Alerts page.