May 8, 2009 Contact: Gabriella B. Ferraro, 772-215-9459 The following special regulations take effect at 12:01 a.m. Monday, May 11, 2009, and will remain in effect until further notice: Motorized vehicles, motorcycles and airboats are prohibited in the Holey Land and Rotenberger wildlife management areas (WMAs) and in part of the Everglades and Francis S. […]

ORLANDO — Scientists addressing the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s first climate change summit last week forecast a bleak future for the state’s fish and wildlife over the next century: • As many as 30 percent of native species could face extinction from habitat loss because of rising ocean levels. • Coral reefs could […]

When people compare a map of Florida as it is currently to a map reflecting predicted development by the year 2060, there is usually a gasp.The amount of anticipated development is stunning, and the byproduct is the loss of wildlife as the lands they inhabit become urbanized. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) […]

Florida is called the “Fishing Capital of the World” in part because it is the destination of choice for anglers from throughout the United States and numerous countries around the world. With great natural resources and the efforts of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and responsible anglers, Florida is home to some of […]

Monster blue catfish was caught Monday in the Choctawhatchee. By JIM SUTTON, The Times-Union What’s 53-1/2 inches long, nearly 3 feet in circumference and weighs more than 60 pounds? It could be a water heater or a world-record watermelon, but for a Panhandle angler this week, it was a state-record catfish. James Mitchell was fishing […]

Grant program will help expand local recreation opportunities TALLAHASSEE, FL – Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist and the Florida Legislature, the 2008-2009 budget includes $24 million to expand and improve local parks statewide. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program (FRDAP) will fund 212 projects in 54 counties […]

A planned trailhead and parking lot will provide convenient access from Coral Springs to a vast Everglades conservation area. The joint venture between the city and Broward County will provide an access point near the intersection of West Atlantic Boulevard and the Sawgrass Expressway, where a dirt path now extends just beyond city limits. Plans […]

BY BOB WATTENDORF: Marketing and Special Projects Coordinator and Webmaster for Freshwater Fisheries Management in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission The living is easy in Florida this summer, and the catfish are abundant in the state’s fresh waters. Anglers from throughout the United States and countries around the world flock to Florida for […]

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) encourage families to enjoy all the pleasures of fishing in Florida. Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World,” said Bob Wattendorf, special projects coordinator for the FWC’s Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management. “More people fish here than in […]

Wes Smith – Orlando Sentinel Staff Writer A major storm early this week churned up shallow water at the south end of Lake Apopka, killing several thousand fish. The kill came just weeks after the state dumped nearly 200,000 sunshine-bass fingerlings in that same section of the troubled lake. “A big storm downburst like that […]