Category: FWC

New Manatee and Sea Turtle Decals by FWC are Coming Soon to a Bumper Near You

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), is unveiling its new 2019 manatee and sea turtle decals. These high-quality stickers, featuring beautiful original artwork, are a fun way for people to support the research, rescue and management efforts that conserve these species and spread the word about the challenges they face.

New Shark Fishing Requirements Go into Effect July 1, Permit Required for all Shore-Based Shark Anglers

Planning to fish for sharks soon? New shark fishing requirements go into effect July 1, including a mandatory, no-cost, annual Shore-based Shark Fishing Permit and educational course for shore-based anglers and other requirements that apply to all shark fishing and fishing from the beach in general.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Signs SB 1552 to Mitigate Harmful Effects of Red Tide

Governor Ron DeSantis signed SB 1552: Florida Red Tide Mitigation and Technology Development Initiative. The bill establishes the Florida Red Tide Mitigation and Technology Development Initiative as a partnership between the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute and Mote Marine Laboratory to develop technologies and approaches to control and mitigate red tide and its impacts.

FWC Issues Executive Order Suspending Harvest and Possession of Shoal Bass

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) issued an executive order on June 5, suspending the harvest and possession of shoal bass from the Chipola River and its tributaries effective immediately until the order is repealed. Anglers are still permitted to catch and immediately release shoal bass.

FWC’s Lionfish Challenge Begins as Record Number Spiny Invasive Predators Removed From Florida Waters

A total of 19,167 of the spiny invasive predators were removed from Gulf and Atlantic waters as part of the Emerald Coast Open, which coincided with the fifth annual Lionfish Removal and Awareness Festival at AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar and HarborWalk Village in Destin May 18 and 19. That’s a lot of lionfish.