Following Hurricane Ian’s landfall, vessel owners were given a 45-day grace period to bring derelict vessels into compliance or remove them from state waters.

Florida Fish And Wildlife Now Accepting Applications For Vessel Turn-In Program

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is now accepting applications for a recently approved and newly created Vessel Turn-In Program, a key component of Florida’s derelict vessel prevention program.  VTIP is a voluntary program designed to help owners dispose of their unwanted at-risk…

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) invites you to participate in the Battle of the Lakes trophy bass fishing competition to determine which lake is crowned the best trophy bass fishery in Florida. 

Florida Anglers Compete In New Trophy Bass Fishing Competition ‘Battle Of The Lakes’

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) invites you to participate in the Battle of the Lakes trophy bass fishing competition to determine which lake is crowned the best trophy bass fishery in Florida.  The FWC’s Florida Trophy Bass Project is pitting two popular…

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Florida Fishing Industry

Report: Florida Outdoor Rec Is A $41B Industry, Driven In Large Part By Fishing And Boating 

Many, if not most, Florida residents understand the value of the state’s waterways as an environmental and economic resource. A new report from the Biden administration helps illustrate that. Earlier this month, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released a study spotlighting the economic impact…

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Finding a litter of Florida panthers isn't an easy task. But for the long-term sustainability of the native species, researchers diligently complete their work.

Vehicle Collisions Still Primary Cause Of Death For Florida Panthers

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) has updated the Panther Pulse web page with mortality information through November 16, 2022, at 11:00 a.m.  The remains of a 4-year-old female Florida panther were collected on November 13, 2022, on SR 29 in Collier County. The suspected…

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Florida Teens Attack Alligator With Machete

Florida Teens On Video Brutally Attacking Alligator With Machete, FWC Investigating

Brutal footage emerged showing a teenager hitting and killing a juvenile alligator with a machete. According to NBC News, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) said they’ve launched a criminal investigation into the horror at Bonita Springs, southwest Florida. Experts say it not only constitutes harassing an alligator but…

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Conservation groups Tuesday filed an emergency petition seeking expanded boat-speed limits to protect endangered , which calve each year off the coast of North Florida and other areas of the Southeast.

Emergency Petition Filed In Florida Seeking Expanded Protection For Endangered Whales

Conservation groups Tuesday filed an emergency petition seeking expanded boat-speed limits to protect endangered , which calve each year off the coast of North Florida and other areas of the Southeast. The Center for Biological Diversity, the Conservation Law Foundation, Defenders of Wildlife, and Whale…

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Manatee Feeding Offers Relief, But Deaths Hit 400

For Manatee Awareness Month Florida FWC Reminds Boaters To Go Slow, Look Out Below

November is Manatee Awareness Month, an important time for boaters to go slow and look out below to watch for manatees as they travel to warmer water sites around the state. Manatees depend on water generally warmer than 68 degrees Fahrenheit to survive the winter, so…

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