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  • FWC holds public meetings on proposed conservation measures, permitting guidelines for burrowing owls
    FWC holds public meetings on proposed conservation measures, permitting guidelines for burrowing owls -

    Photos available on the FWC’s Flickr site: https://flic.kr/s/aHskZUQWTU External Website 

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will hold public meetings this month to provide information and gather input on newly developed draft conservation measures and permitting guidelines for the Florida burrowing owl.

    In January 2017, the listing status of the Florida burrowing owl changed from Species of Special Concern to State Threatened, as part of rule changes implementing the FWC’s Imperiled Species Management Plan approved in November 2016. 

    The meetings will focus primarily on reviewing the agency’s draft Species Conservation Measures and Permitting Guidelines for Florida burrowing owls. The burrowing owl’s habitat was once native dry prairies, but today this owl is as likely to be found in open areas of urban and suburban landscapes. They dig their own burrows, but also may move into the burrows of other species, such as the gopher tortoise, or occasionally inhabit man-made structures such as pipes and drains.

    “The FWC is inviting the public to meet with us, ask questions and offer input about proposed Conservation Measures and Permitting Guidelines for Florida’s burrowing owls,” said Craig Faulhaber, the FWC’s avian conservation coordinator.

    The meetings will be held in Broward and Lee counties:

    • Nov.14, 5 to 7:30 p.m., Broward County West Regional Library, Room 103, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, 33324. 
    • Nov. 28, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Estero Recreation Center, Room 103A, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd., Estero, 33928.

    FWC staff will briefly present the protections that apply to burrowing owls, the draft Conservation Measures and Permitting Guidelines, and anticipated next steps for this species. Members of the public who attend will be welcome to share their suggestions or concerns. From June to August 2017, the FWC held six public meetings and stakeholder workshops in south Florida to solicit input on the development of the guidelines.

    The Florida burrowing owl lives primarily in peninsular Florida and is the only burrowing owl east of the Mississippi River. As one of 57 species in the Imperiled Species Management Plan, the burrowing owl has a Species Action Plan that describes its biology, habitats and the FWC’s goals and actions for conserving this threatened species.

    Learn more about the FWC’s Imperiled Species Management Plan at MyFWC.com/Imperiled.

  • Free Kids’ Fishing Clinic in Sarasota promises day of learning, fun
    Free Kids’ Fishing Clinic in Sarasota promises day of learning, fun -

    Photos available on the FWC’s Flickr site: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjzBWzfa External Website

    Video available on the FWC’s YouTube site: http://youtu.be/KzOua12jMX8 External Website

    Teaching children a lifelong hobby, instilling appreciation for our marine environment and providing fun, family outings are the objectives for the Kids’ Fishing Clinic in Sarasota on Nov. 18.

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) in conjunction with Florida Sea Grant will offer a free Kids’ Fishing Clinic for children between the ages of 5 and 15 from 9 a.m. to noon at Ken Thompson Park, 1700 Ken Thompson Parkway.

     These free clinics enable young people to learn the basics of conservation stewardship, fishing ethics, angling skills and safety. Kids’ Fishing Clinics strive to achieve several goals, but the main objective is to create responsible marine-resource stewards by teaching children about the vulnerability of Florida’s marine ecosystems. In addition, organizers hope to teach fundamental saltwater fishing skills and provide participants a positive fishing experience.

    Fishing equipment and bait are provided for kids to use during the clinic, but organizers encourage children who own fishing tackle to bring it. A limited number of rods and reels will be given away to participants upon completion of the clinic.

    If conditions allow, participants will have the opportunity to practice their new skills and fish from the pier. This event is a photo catch-and-release activity. An adult must accompany all participants.

    Individuals or companies interested in helping sponsor this event or volunteering at the clinic should contact Armando Ubeda with Florida SeaGrant UF/IFAS Extension at 941-861-9900 or the FWC’s Elizabeth Winchester at 850-617-9644.

    To find out more about fishing clinics for kids, go to MyFWC.com/Fishing, select the “Youth & Student” option under “Education,” and click on “Kids’ Fishing Clinics.”

     

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Southwest FL Fish & Wildlife Fishing News

  • FWC charges 3 in connection to shark dragging video
    FWC charges 3 in connection to shark dragging video -

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office announced charges against three individuals connected to a video of a shark being dragged behind a boat at high speed. The charges resulted from a four-month long investigation into the video and other disturbing images on social media involving shocking disregard for Florida’s natural resources.

    “As we’ve said since this video and other images came to light, these actions have no place in Florida, where we treasure and conserve our natural resources for everyone,” said Commission Chairman Bo Rivard. “We appreciate the patience and support of the public as our law enforcement investigators worked with the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office to identify a number of serious violations that will be brought to the courts for adjudication. It is our hope these charges will send a clear message to others that this kind of behavior involving our fish and wildlife will not be tolerated.”

    “The State Attorney’s Office is committed to holding these men accountable for having engaged in such senseless and unjustifiable animal cruelty. We thank the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for their work in investigating these crimes, and we stand with them, along with Florida’s fishing and hunting communities, and all those who cherish our precious natural resources, in condemning the torture of our marine wildlife,” said Andrew H. Warren, State Attorney for the 13th Judicial Circuit.

    During the course of the investigation, FWC officers confirmed numerous criminal violations, resulting in felony and misdemeanor charges. Investigators conducted exhaustive research into the suspects’ social media activity, conducted numerous interviews and spoke with a number of subject matter experts on sharks.

    The public can help by reporting suspected violations to the FWC. To make a report, call the Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922) or text Tip@MyFWC.com.

    The suspects and their charges are as follows:

    Michael Wenzel (DOB 06/07/1996) of Palmetto, Florida

    • Two felony counts of Aggravated Animal Cruelty (Third-degree felony).
    • One misdemeanor count of Illegal Method of Take – Shark (Second-degree misdemeanor).

    Robert Lee Benac (DOB 04/2/1989) of Bradenton, Florida

    • Two felony counts of Aggravated Animal Cruelty (Third-degree felony).
    • One misdemeanor count of Illegal Method of Take – Shark (Second-degree misdemeanor).

    Spencer Heintz (DOB 10/14/1994) of Palmetto, Florida

    • Two felony counts of Aggravated Animal Cruelty (Third-degree felony).
  • Snook harvest seasonal closure in Atlantic starts Dec. 15
    Snook harvest seasonal closure in Atlantic starts Dec. 15 -

    The recreational harvest season for snook closes Dec. 15 in Atlantic state and federal waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River, and will remain closed through Jan. 31, 2018, reopening to harvest Feb. 1. Anglers may continue to catch and release snook during the closed season.

    Gulf state and federal waters, including Monroe County and Everglades National Park, closed Dec. 1 and will reopen to harvest March 1, 2018.

    This and other regular season closures are designed to help protect the species during vulnerable times such as cold weather.

    For more information on snook, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater Fishing,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Snook.”

  • FWC Commissioners elect new chairman, vice chairman
    FWC Commissioners elect new chairman, vice chairman -

    At its meeting Dec. 7 in Gainesville, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) elected Bo Rivard, of Panama City, to serve as chairman, effective immediately.

    Rivard replaces Chairman Brian Yablonski, of Tallahassee. The term of chairman is one year.

    Rivard has served on the Commission since March 2013. He is a partner with Harrison, Rivard, Duncan & Buzzett in Panama City. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and a law degree from Samford University.

    Rivard’s legal practice has been focused on representing both public and private clients in health care, land use, transportation, litigation and regulatory matters. He has served as outside counsel for numerous local governments and state agencies.

    Rivard is actively engaged in his community. He was chairman of Bay County Chamber of Commerce (2011) and has served on many other local boards. He and his wife, Nicole, have three children and live in Panama City.

    Robert Spottswood, of Key West, was elected vice chairman. Spottswood has served on the Commission since 2015. He is the chief executive officer of Spottswood Companies, Inc. He currently serves as a member of the Third District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission and recently served on the Governor’s Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding. Spottswood received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and his law degree from the University of Miami School of Law.

    Spottswood replaces Vice Chairman Aliese P. “Liesa” Priddy, of Immokalee.

Southwest FL Fish & Wildlife License & Permit News

  • FWC Commissioners elect new chairman, vice chairman
    FWC Commissioners elect new chairman, vice chairman -

    At its meeting Dec. 7 in Gainesville, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) elected Bo Rivard, of Panama City, to serve as chairman, effective immediately.

    Rivard replaces Chairman Brian Yablonski, of Tallahassee. The term of chairman is one year.

    Rivard has served on the Commission since March 2013. He is a partner with Harrison, Rivard, Duncan & Buzzett in Panama City. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and a law degree from Samford University.

    Rivard’s legal practice has been focused on representing both public and private clients in health care, land use, transportation, litigation and regulatory matters. He has served as outside counsel for numerous local governments and state agencies.

    Rivard is actively engaged in his community. He was chairman of Bay County Chamber of Commerce (2011) and has served on many other local boards. He and his wife, Nicole, have three children and live in Panama City.

    Robert Spottswood, of Key West, was elected vice chairman. Spottswood has served on the Commission since 2015. He is the chief executive officer of Spottswood Companies, Inc. He currently serves as a member of the Third District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission and recently served on the Governor’s Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding. Spottswood received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and his law degree from the University of Miami School of Law.

    Spottswood replaces Vice Chairman Aliese P. “Liesa” Priddy, of Immokalee.

  • FWC appoints Eric Sutton as executive director
    FWC appoints Eric Sutton as executive director -

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) voted to appoint Eric Sutton, assistant executive director, to the position of executive director, effective Dec. 8. Nick Wiley, current executive director, retires later this month.

    Commissioners touted Sutton’s extensive experience with challenging conservation issues and his positive relationships with fellow FWC staff.

     “We have received many accolades for the agency under the leadership of Chairman Brian Yablonski and Executive Director Nick Wiley. They have been at the tip of the spear, but it’s the whole family who supports the conservation efforts,” said Commissioner Bo Rivard. “As we continue to face changes and new challenges, it is important to have continuity. Eric has been filling roles lately due to Nick’s national leadership positions and has proven himself capable of this important role.”

    Sutton has been the FWC assistant executive director since May 2013. He has worked in government and the private sector since the early 1990s in areas including acquisition and management of public lands, land use regulations, listed species policy, invasive species management and coastal management. He received both his bachelor’s and master’s degree in zoology from the University of South Florida. The emphasis of his work was on endangered species population biology. 

    “Eric does a great job. I see that he’s got the confidence of his FWC family members, and how dedicated and concerned he is about the agency and people of Florida,” said Commissioner Robert Spottswood.

     “As a sportsman and ecologist, it is a tremendous honor to be able to accept this challenge and represent such a talented and dedicated team managing the tremendous fish and wildlife resources of Florida,” said Eric Sutton.

    Sutton’s appointment as executive director will now go to the Florida Senate for confirmation.

  • FWC seeks input on conserving Florida burrowing owls in urban landscapes
    FWC seeks input on conserving Florida burrowing owls in urban landscapes -

    Photos available on the FWC’s Flickr site: https://flic.kr/s/aHskZUQWTU External Website

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will hold open-house style public meetings in June to provide information and gather input on the agency’s development of Conservation Measures and Permitting Guidelines for the Florida burrowing owl

    In January, the listing status of the Florida burrowing owl changed from Species of Special Concern to state Threatened, as part of rule changes implementing the FWC’s Imperiled Species Management Plan approved in November 2016. 

    The meetings will focus primarily on the process for developing permitting guidelines and on interim permitting processes for Florida burrowing owls in urban areas. The burrowing owl’s habitat was once native dry prairies, but today this owl is as likely to be found in open areas of urban and suburban landscapes. They dig their own burrows, but also may move into the burrows of other species, such as the gopher tortoise, or occasionally inhabit manmade structures such as pipes and drains.

    “The FWC is inviting the public to meet with us, ask questions and offer input about the regulatory process and permitting guidelines for burrowing owls,” said Craig Faulhaber, the FWC’s avian conservation coordinator.

    The burrowing owl meetings are scheduled for:

    • June 14, 4 to 7 p.m., Cape Coral Lee County Public Library, 921 SW 39th Terrace, Cape Coral 33914. 
    • June 15, 4 to 6:45 p.m., Marco Island Library (Rose Hall), 210 S. Heathwood Drive, Marco Island 34145.

    The meetings will be an open-house format so members of the public are welcome to come and go at any time.

    FWC staff at the meetings will provide information on the protections that apply to burrowing owls, the process of developing Conservation Measures and Permitting Guidelines, and the interim permitting process until guidelines for this species are in place.

    The Florida burrowing owl lives primarily in peninsular Florida and is the only burrowing owl east of the Mississippi River. As one of 57 species in the Imperiled Species Management Plan, the burrowing owl has a Species Action Plan that describes its biology, habitats and the FWC’s goals and actions for conserving this threatened species.

    Learn more about the FWC’s Imperiled Species Management Plan at MyFWC.com/Imperiled.

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