Environment

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.

FWC Determines Fungus Caused St. Johns Fish Kill

Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute have determined the cause of a recent fish kill in the St. Johns River. Testing confirmed that a fungus led to the fish die-off that occurred in the river in mid-October.

The FWC received reports of dead fish and fish with ulcers beginning Oct. 20. Reports came from an area of the river just south of Interstate 95 near Jacksonville and as far south as Green Cove Springs. The FWC responded by analyzing dead fish and water samples from the area.

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.

Scoops for Troops

Scoops for Troops - A fundraiser benefitting Operation Homefront in honor of Veteran's Day

Presented by Pediatric Dentistry - Dr. Beth Kailes & Little Scoops

Friday 11/12/10 3pm-8pm

Little Scoops of Fleming Island (next to Carmike Theater)

Join us for ice cream, pizza, cupcakes, games, balloons and more!  15% of all sales will be donated to Operation Homefront.  We will be selling raffle tickets to win a 4 pack of tickets to the 2011 Gator Bowl.  FREE RAFFLE TICKET WITH MILITARY ID!