August 29, 2016
Leatherback Turtle Nesting. By Florida Fish and Wildlife

‘Hands Off!’ is Best Policy for Sea Turtle Hatchlings

News Release By FWC Sea turtle hatchlings are digging out of their nests and clambering toward the ocean in September and October, the last months of Florida’s sea turtle nesting season. Just remember, “Hands off!” is the best policy for beachgoers encountering sea turtle hatchings. Well-meaning efforts to rescue a […]
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June 24, 2016
Director Jessica McCawley with the FWC's Division of Marine Fisheries Management shows the number of fishing licenses and snook stamps sold from fiscal year 2004-2005 to fiscal year 2014-2015.

Snook Stock is on the Rise, Aligns with FWC Goals

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) took immediate action to help the snook population rebound after a prolonged cold spell in January 2010. The cold snap, which led the FWC to close the fisheries, had a much greater effect on the snook population on the Gulf Coast than […]
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May 31, 2016
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Free Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic Coming up on St. George Island!

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting a Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic on St. George Island June 4. The free, day-long clinic is from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the St. George Island State Park, 1900 E. Gulf Beach Drive, St. George Island.   Advance registration is required. To register […]
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March 18, 2016
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Don’t Cut the Line! Reel. Remove. Release.

News Release By Karen Parker | FWC It’s a beautiful day and the fishing is good. Suddenly, the line snags on something as the cast is made. A bird is hooked. Don’t panic. There’s a way to get that bird released. “The first thing to know is don’t cut the line,” […]
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March 16, 2016
St. Marks Lighthouse 2010: 
Horseshoe crabs have been around for approximately 450 million years and are an important part of a marine ecosystem. Their populations have declined in recent decades due to overfishing and habitat destruction. In order to gain a better understanding of horseshoe crab biology and mating activities, this management plan requires all Atlantic and Gulf coast states to identify horseshoe crab nesting beaches. Photo credit: Diane Flowers, St. Marks Lighthouse

Be a Citizen-Scientist: Help FWC Monitor Horseshoe Crabs Spawning on Beaches

News Release By Frank McCloy | FWC A ritual dating back millions of years takes place again this spring on Florida beaches. Spring marks horseshoe crabs’ mating season, and biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) want the public’s help identifying spawning sites. Beachgoers will likely have the […]
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