FWC & USFWS respond—Florida’s manatee facing crisis will get a bit of extra help

Manatee Eating — Courtesy: Shutterstock — Image by: somdul The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced an expanded effort on Wednesday to respond to the ongoing manatee unusual mortality event along Florida’s Atlantic coast. Just in 2021, more than 1,000 manatees have died across the state of

Save the Turtles: Florida’s Largest Sea Turtle Rescue Organization will face 60% staff reduction due to FWC permit ruling

Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Julian Wiskemann Save the turtles is more than just a movement, it’s a lifestyle for many who put their life’s work towards saving the endangered species. According to a press release this morning from the Sea Turtle Oversight Protection (S.T.O.P), the organization revealed that on April 28, 2021, Florida Fish

First phase in lifting the 31-year ban on harvesting Goliath Grouper off Florida’s coast gets approved by FWC

Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Henry and Laura Whittaker Florida residents and anglers are one step closer to gaining approval to legally harvest Goliath Grouper off the coast, thanks to a new proposal by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The commission told its staff to draft an initial proposal that would outline

FWC reveals License-Free Fishing Days—First set of dates set for Easter Weekend

Mahi Mahi on a lure – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Jason Richeux Florida is home to some of the best fishing spots in the world. Whether you are looking to catch Mahi Mahi off the Florida Keys during the summer months, lobster during mini-season, Grouper almost year-round, or freshwater bass at a local lake—the

Florida invasive species battle continues as FWC bans “high-risk” reptiles from commercial breeding and pet ownership

Green Iguana – Courtesy: Image by Scottslm from Pixabay In a unanimous vote Thursday, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted on a new set of rules that would ban the commercial breeding practice and ownership of 16 “high-risk” reptiles in the state. The rule would allow current high-risk reptile owners to keep the

Florida wildlife officials considering new set of regulations to protect seabirds at Skyway Fishing Pier

Skyway Fishing Pier – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by kesterhu ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Between fishhooks and line entanglements, the Skyway Fishing Pier is the center of where several brown pelicans have sadly died. Previous cases of red tide wiped out the majority of the food source causing them to head to the pier for

10-foot alligator caught catching rays on Melbourne Beach

MELBOURNE BEACH, FL. Alligator walking on beach – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by: Dave Litterio An enormous alligator decided to start off his weekend with a day of tanning on one of Florida’s beaches!  Kyle Hussey told Fox 35 News that he was enjoying a day at Melbourne Beach when he spotted a scary sight.

Sea creature trudging throughout waters off Florida park perplexes social media users

Creature found swimming in Florida similar to Lochness Monster, as pictured – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by: Yulia_Bogomolova Video of a mysterious, 15-foot-long creature that was spotted swaying in the waters near a local park in Edgewater, Florida, is proving difficult to identify. On September 9 on the Indian River North near Menard-May Park, Joe