Category: FWC

Florida Fish and Wildlife, Partners Discuss Enhanced Support For Continued Red Tide Response

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Florida Department of Environmental Protection leadership met with county partners to discuss continued red tide response, including enhanced testing efforts, technology and equipment to support impacted communities.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Officers Nail Boater Under the Influence With 56 Undersized Spiny Lobsters

Upon being alerted of reckless boating in the area, FWC officers went on the lookout for the dangerous boater. As their officers approached a vessel that matched the description they were given, the operator of the boat veered toward a dock and began taking lobster from a cooler and throwing it off the boat.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Approves New Florida Saltwater Fishing Records

Five new Florida Saltwater Fishing Records were approved in the past year, including an 826-pound, 8-ounce bluefin tuna caught by Rick Whitley off Destin, along with Capt. Joey Birbeck and mates, Dennis Bennett and Josh Goodson, of the vessel “You Never Know.” Whitley’s impressive catch took the vacant bluefin tuna state record slot, filling the final vacancy in the conventional tackle category.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Provides Important Alligator Safety Advice

Alligators become more active during warm weather months, and it’s not uncommon to see them throughout the state. Most interactions consist of seeing alligators at a distance. However, if you have a concern about a specific alligator, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) urges you to call their toll-free Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR (392-4286).

FWC’s Kyle Patterson Receives Prestigious Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation Award for Marine Conservation

Ft. Pierce resident Kyle Patterson, a law enforcement officer and investigator with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), has received the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation Award for Marine Conservation.