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FWC reaches major milestone with release of genetically pure hatchery-raised shoal bass

Freshwater fisheries researchers and managers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) successfully released 3,300 hatchery-raised shoal bass fingerlings (young fish) into the Chipola River in May. In 2018, Hurricane Michael depleted more than 90% of the shoal bass population in the Chipola River. As a direct management action following the hurricane, the...

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Nesting season here for sea turtles, waterbirds

By: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds beachgoers how to help protect vulnerable nesting sea turtles and waterbirds while visiting Florida’s coastal habitats. Each spring and summer, thousands of sea turtles, shorebirds and seabirds nest on Florida’s beaches. Because our state’s shorelines are critical for...

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FWC officers intercept commercial vessel with more than 11,000 pounds of illegally harvested shrimp

On March 3, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation (FWC) officers onboard the FWC’s Gulf Sentry, an offshore patrol vessel, conducted a resource inspection on a commercial shrimping vessel that was determined to be operating illegally just south of MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa Bay. The vessel, named the Dona Lupa, and its crew were...

Coral reef restoration seawater system to aid coral rescue efforts in south Florida
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Coral reef restoration seawater system to aid coral rescue efforts in south Florida

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) have partnered to construct a new seawater system at the FIO’s Keys Marine Laboratory in Layton. This state-of-the-art seawater system will provide the means to preserve and restore coral colonies to Florida’s coral reef that have been impacted by stony...