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April 21, 2014
FWC approves sea cucumber management changes

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Media contact: Amanda Nalley, 850-410-4943 The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at its April meeting near Tallahassee established a commercial daily trip and vessel limit of 200 sea cucumbers in both state and federal waters. This change will go into effect June 1. The Commission chose this limit today […]

August 14, 2012
FWC increases lionfish harvest opportunities, asks public to help

For immediate release: August 13, 2012 Contact: Amanda Nalley, 850-410-494 The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced changes to the lionfish harvest at a media event today in Coral Gables. Harvesting invasive lionfish no longer will require a fishing license when using certain gear, and there is no recreational or commercial bag limit. […]

January 17, 2012
2 charged with poaching corals

Author: Melissa Harrold, Senior News Editor, ISLAMORADA, Fla. – Two men were arrested Friday, accused of poaching corals in the Florida Keys. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said it received a call from the U.S. Coast Guard in Islamorada that two men on a small boat were seen taking corals from the […]

September 14, 2011
FWC takes over management of octocorals in federal waters

September 8, 2011 Contact: Martha Bademan, 850-487-0554 On Thursday, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) took final action on a series of proposed changes to its marine life (aquarium species) requirements. The amendments extend state conservation efforts governing the harvest of marine life into federal waters adjacent to state waters. For octocorals, a […]

July 13, 2011
FWC: Most support increased ban on shark harvest

By KEVIN WADLOW. Florida Keys Keynoter Saturday, July 09, 2011 10:53 AM EDT Hammerhead sharks are beautiful creatures — but you wouldn’t want to be in the water. Save the sharks, Florida residents said at a series of statewide workshops on protecting species of tiger and hammerhead sharks. “The whole ‘Jaws’ mentality about sharks definitely […]