Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

In today’s economy, it can be tough for anyone, especially returning military veterans, to find a job.  Tom Flanigan reports the State of Florida is now trying to make it easier for vets to create their own jobs in the commercial fishing industry.
 

Every Veterans Day, there are parades, parties, celebrations, proclamations and much rhetoric about service and sacrifice.  Steve Murray with the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs says all this is nice, but it doesn’t pay the rent or put food on the table.

Crowded Florida Panthers May Find New Home In Central Florida

Oct 19, 2012
Florida Department of State

Just a few years ago panthers in South Florida were hard to find. But now, after state intervention, they’re numbers are up and the big cats are getting cramped. Increased inbreeding, territorial fighting, and human encroachment are prompting Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission talks about transferring a few female panthers from South to Central Florida.

Bay County Oystermen Ask For and Reiceve Stricter Regulations

Sep 28, 2012

Bay County is facing new limits on oyster harvesting. That’s because the shellfish is reaching critically low numbers in the County’s East Bay. Local oystermen say the new limits are needed for the industry’s survival. The normal limit is 20 bags with each bag weighing about 60 pounds. But Wednesday, the Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission issued an executive order bringing that number of bags down to 10.

As The Oysters Go, So Goes The Bay

Sep 14, 2012
Thomas-Andrew Gustafson

On the front door of Barnacle Bill’s restaurant in Tallahassee is a notice. It reads, “Due to extreme shortages of oysters on the winter oyster beds and catch regulations, the price of oysters has skyrocketed.” Inside, Jim-Bob Heller and Jay Parr are sitting at the bar where customers can buy oysters by the bucket.

“I mean seriously, we just enjoyed some fantastic Apalachicola oysters. They were great. And to think that, you know, we wouldn’t have that anymore, it’s, that would be really unfortunate.”Says Jay Parr. He called the situation a perfect storm.

Nine Charged With Poaching In Wakulla County

Jun 18, 2012
Florida Beach Lifestyle / Florida-Beach-Lifestyle.com

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is charging nine individuals who allegedly killed alligators out of season. A plain clothes officer discovered the crime after overhearing a conversation between hunters at a convenience store.

Nine Charged With Poaching In Wakulla County

Jun 18, 2012
Florida Beach Lifestyle / Florida-Beach-Lifestyle.com

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is charging nine individuals who allegedly killed alligators out of season. A plain clothes officer discovered the crime after overhearing a conversation between hunters at a convenience store.

Florida wildlife officials are proposing a pilot project for bear-proof garbage cans in one Panhandle county. Regan McCarthy has more.

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