Environment

Cold Weather May Lead to Fish Kills

Cold Weather May Lead to Fish Kills

As temperatures drop in Florida, the number of cold-related fish kills is likely to increase. Chilly winter temperatures can lead to fish die-offs in Florida’s marine habitats, rivers and lakes.

The good news is that these events are natural occurrences and typically do not cause permanent damage to the ecosystem or to fish populations. In some cases they are even beneficial, in that they help limit the spread of invasive, exotic species.

FWC Wants Public's Input About More Daylight Alligator Hunting

FWC Wants Public's Input About More Daylight Alligator Hunting

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) wants to know what Floridians think about providing more daylight-hunting hours to alligator hunters. The public can comment via an online survey.

FWC Launches Database to Help Reduce Derelict Vessels

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) launched a program this week to help prevent vessels in state waterways from becoming derelict. Through the At-Risk Vessel Program, FWC officers will collaborate with local sheriffs’ offices and police departments to enter information about potential derelict vessels into a statewide database.

Tips: Keep Home and Décor Pest-Free This Holiday Season

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is sharing their tips for how consumers can avoid infestations that can be caused by pests who hide in holiday decorations like Christmas trees, garlands and ornament storage boxes.

BP official to hold Q&A session on Facebook

Dave Rainey, Vice President of Science and Technology for BP’s Gulf Coast Restoration Organization (GCRO), returns to Facebook on Wednesday, November 10 at 2 p.m. (CDT). This session will build on Dave’s first Q&A and address questions regarding BP's commitment to the health and safety of Gulf residents, wildlife, and the environment. To submit a question, please visit BP's Facebook page and submit a comment by Tuesday, November 9 at noon (CST).  To view Dave's earlier Facebook Q&A, click here.  To learn more about BP’s Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative and other restoration efforts, visit the Environmental Restoration page on BP.com.

State Parks Waive Entrance Fees for Veterans Day

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service will offer free day-use entrance to Florida State Parks on Thursday, November 11, 2010.

In honor of the services and sacrifices of United States veterans, their families and communities, day-use entrance to all of Florida State Parks will be waived to park visitors on Veterans Day. This offer does not include Skyway Fishing Pier State Park.

For more information on Florida’s state parks or Veterans Day event details visit www.floridastateparks.org or www.twitter.com/FLStateParks.   

FWC Seeks Input on Possible Changes to Red Drum Rules

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is continuing a series of public workshops to review its analysis of the latest red drum (redfish) stock assessment and discuss possible red drum rule changes.

The FWC wants to hear what people think about its proposals to create regional management areas for red drum and raise the daily bag limit from one fish to two per person in northern Florida.  The Commission also wants to receive comment on possible red drum rule changes in southeastern Florida.