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FWC Marine Fisheries Wants to Hear From You at Summer Workshop Series

On: Wed, Jul 1, 2015 at 11:26AM | By: FWC

Do you have ideas about how Florida’s marine fisheries should be managed? The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) wants to hear from you.

Snook Anglers Asked to Help with Research

On: Thu, Mar 19, 2015 at 10:27AM | By: FWC

Snook are one of the many reasons Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World. The FWC encourages anglers to use moderation when determining whether or not to take a snook home during the open season. When choosing to release a fish, the FWC encourages anglers to handle it carefully to help the fish survive upon release. Proper handling methods can help ensure the species’ abundance for anglers today and generations to come. To learn more about fish handling, visit and click on “Saltwater,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Fish Handling.”

FWC Furthers Lionfish Control Measures, Prohibits Lionfish Aquaculture

On: Fri, Oct 10, 2014 at 3:51PM | By: FWC

At a Sept. 10 meeting in Kissimmee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) acted to prohibit lionfish aquaculture. Lionfish are an invasive species that have a negative impact on native fish and habitat.

The changes will go into effect by Dec. 1. Updates will be available at

Research Biologist to Receive Prestigious Award

On: Sat, May 24, 2014 at 9:04AM | By: FWC

On May 6, biologist Ron Taylor, who works for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, was notified that he will receive the 2014 American Fisheries Society William E. Ricker Resource Conservation Award. The reception will take place at the AFS Annual Conference in Quebec City, in Canada’s Quebec province, Aug. 17-21.


Learning More About Florida's Other Blue-colored Crab

On: Sat, Dec 21, 2013 at 11:01AM | By: FWC

While I try hard to keep track of the more than 500 marine fish and invertebrates the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) manages, I sometimes field calls about things I don’t deal with on a daily basis. Like when an angler wants to know about using barnacles as bait (yes, you can). Or, most recently, when a reporter wanted to know more about blue land crabs. Specifically, can she move them from behind her car when trying to leave for the day?

Blue crabs, I asked?

“No. Blue land crabs,” she replied.

Ah, yes. I’ve heard of these blue land crabs. While they are a commonly targeted species in south Florida, it is a rare day that I get a media call on the crabs.

Support Your Local Bait Shop

On: Tue, Jun 11, 2013 at 9:51AM | By: Sara Decker

Our Local Shop

Started last year, there is a movement afoot to "shop local" on Saturdays. For many, this is not a movement, but a way of life, and not just on Saturdays. In Florida, one local staple is the bait shop. A wealth of information can be found for those willing to ask and listen.  

Forget the big box stores and the publicly traded behemoths; forget the gas station bait dispensers. Even if you are the type who catches your own bait, it's still a worthwhile visit. For transplants from the Midwest, the bait shop is a necessity.

Of course, for the uninitiated, the bait shop is the place to get what you need, find out what's biting on what, where, and when to go, what's in season, and all other fishing-related 411.  

Lionfish Can Make Tasty Table Fare

On: Tue, Mar 19, 2013 at 3:54PM | By: Eric Sharp

Florida has decided to allow people to spear or net lionfish without a saltwater fishing license, the latest move in the effort to control a foot-long invasive species that can suck smaller fish off a reef slicker than a vacuum cleaner on a TV ad.


While they’re nasty predators on native species, lionfish are very tasty on the plate, with firm white flesh that some people say is as good as grouper (although I don’t think that any fish matches those wonderful sea bass).

CCA Florida Needs Your Help!

On: Sat, Mar 16, 2013 at 10:33AM | By: CCA

CCA Florida Needs Your Help To Prevent Severe Unwarranted Access Restrictions In Everglades National Park.

Everglades National Park released its Draft General Management Plan for public review and comment on February 27th. The Draft GMP public comment period is open through Sunday, May 12, 2013.

Explosive Fed Mandate Kills Thousands of Red Snapper in Gulf of Mexico

On: Sat, Feb 16, 2013 at 9:06AM | By: Clay Ritchings

Undercover video shows thousands of pounds of dead fish, mostly red snapper, floating to the surface after one of the controversial demolitions in the Gulf—not only is it killing fish, but destroying their habitat forever.

Manatees On The Move

On: Mon, Nov 26, 2012 at 4:02PM | By: FWC

Now that the weather outside is chilly, Florida manatees are migrating to warmer waters. They swim in search of a warm winter refuge such as freshwater springs or canals adjacent to power plant outflows.

An adult manatee may weigh 1,000 pounds or more but is susceptible to cold. Water temperatures dipping to 68 degrees or below can produce cold stress in these aquatic mammals, and even cause death.