FWC: Weekly outdoor crime report

FWC: Weekly outdoor crime report

Officer Browning was on land patrol at Macrae’s Boat Ramp when he observed four individuals fishing from the dock. The officer checked the fishermen and located 18 undersized mangrove snapper in a cooler. The appropriate citations were issued. Officer Browning was on water patrol in the Salt River when he observed the operator of a […]

Changes in duck hunting laws

Changes in duck hunting laws

Duck hunters should be aware of the daily bag limit for mallards has been reduced to two birds, of which only one may be female. “Since 1998, mallard populations in eastern North America have steadily declined by approximately 20%. Over the same period, mallard harvest in the U.S. portion of the Atlantic Flyway has decreased […]

Gulf waters, additional recreational red snapper fishing days

Gulf waters, additional recreational red snapper fishing days

Tuesday, October 1, 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced six additional recreational red snapper fishing days for Gulf waters. The season for private recreational anglers and state for-hire operations will be open on the following Saturdays and Sundays: October 12-13, 19-20 and 26-27. “Florida is the fishing […]

Proposed restrictions for Flagler Monument Island

Proposed restrictions for Flagler Monument Island

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on September 16, 2019, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (Commission) received a complete application from the City of Miami Beach requesting approval of a draft ordinance to establish a Slow Speed Minimum Wake boating-restricted area within the area surrounding Flagler Monument Island pursuant to Section 327.46(1)(c), Florida Statutes […]

Applications available for FWC’s 2019-2020 High School Fishing Program

Applications available for FWC’s 2019-2020 High School Fishing Program

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) 2019-2020 High School Fishing Program offers high school fishing clubs or teams the opportunity to apply for the Florida Sport Fish Restoration R3 Fishing Grant. This grant program is focused on recruiting new anglers, retaining active anglers and reactivating lapsed anglers to ensure the future of fishing […]

Bears are more active in the fall

Bears are more active in the fall

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is reminding people to help prevent conflicts with bears by securing garbage and other items that might attract these animals. In the fall, Florida black bears begin preparing for the winter by consuming extra calories to pack on fat. During this time, they will eat anything that’s […]

Two arrested for picking saw palmetto berries

Two arrested for picking saw palmetto berries

Two people were arrested for allegedly harvesting saw palmetto berries. According to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, as of last July, a permit is required to harvest the berries in Florida. The two were harvesting the berries after midnight on Friday in the vicinity of the Baseline Trailhead Park when they were […]