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Gulf Council Seeks Emergency Longline Closure to Save Turtles

Gulf Council Seeks Emergency Longline Closure to Save Turtles

TAMPA, Florida, February 4, 2009 (ENS) – Sea turtles in the eastern Gulf of Mexico could soon get more protection if the federal government approves an emergency request from a federal fisheries management agency to temporarily halt the use of fishing gear that injures and kills them. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council Thursday…

Newborn Manatee Death Numbers Jump in 2008

Newborn Manatee Death Numbers Jump in 2008

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, January 7, 2009 (ENS) – A record number of 101 newborn manatees died in Florida waters last year, according to biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute. The biologists say the high number of newborn deaths in 2008 may have resulted from a higher number of…

Partial Disentanglement of Right Whale Accomplished

Partial Disentanglement of Right Whale Accomplished

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida, December 29, 2008 (ENS) – A critically endangered North Atlantic right whale entangled in a network of rope loops got some help on Saturday from a rescue team led by NOAA’s Fisheries Service. Wildlife rescuers found the young whale in the North Atlantic right whale calving grounds off northeast Florida and they…

Nature Conservancy Strike Teams Burn to Restore Florida Lands

Nature Conservancy Strike Teams Burn to Restore Florida Lands

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Florida, December 19, 2008 (ENS) – A new strike team has been created to help federal, state and local conservation agencies in northeast Florida to conduct controlled burns, wildlife monitoring, removal of invasive species and other tasks that will improve the natural habitat of the region. Northeast Florida was identified by Florida Fish…

People-Panther Guidelines Issued as Florida Panther Population Grows

People-Panther Guidelines Issued as Florida Panther Population Grows

WASHINGTON, DC, October 14, 2008 (ENS) – There are now between 80 and 100 panthers in Florida, a four-fold increase over the past 25 years, federal wildlife officials said today, announcing new guidelines for human-panther interaction. One of the rarest large mammals in the United States, the Florida panther, Puma concolor coryi, is listed as…

Hope for Florida's Wildlife Emerges From Climate Meeting

Hope for Florida's Wildlife Emerges From Climate Meeting

ORLANDO, Florida, October 7, 2008 (ENS) – “The power of people can make a huge difference in our success in dealing with climate change,” said Nobel laureate Dr. Jean Brennan at the closing session of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s climate change summit on Friday. The FWC spent three days with wildlife, environment…

Florida Wildlife Crowded by Swelling Human Population

Florida Wildlife Crowded by Swelling Human Population

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, August 18, 2008 (ENS) – Florida’s wildlife, already displaced from much of its habitat by human activities, will face even greater pressure over the next 50 years as the human population doubles its current size of 18 million people, finds a new report by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, FWC. Issued…

Florida Tries to Shield Wildlife From Climate Change

Florida Tries to Shield Wildlife From Climate Change

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, August 3, 2008 (ENS) – Florida’s wildlife will face unprecedented consequences associated with climate change, warns the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, FWC, a government agency that is organizing a conference in Orlando this month to find ways of protecting Florida species in a warming world. Florida is inhabited by endangered and…

Court Order Sought to Protect Whales From Ship Collisions

Court Order Sought to Protect Whales From Ship Collisions

WASHINGTON, DC, June 26, 2008 (ENS) – Today, three conservation groups filed a lawsuit to force NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service to require ships to slow down to 10 knots in certain areas to avoid fatal collisions with endangered North Atlantic right whales. Hunted nearly to extinction by the early 20th century, the North Atlantic…

Endangered Sturgeon Returning to Suwannee River

Endangered Sturgeon Returning to Suwannee River

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, March 17, 2008 (ENS) – Gulf sturgeon are beginning their annual migration back into the Suwannee River, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, FWC, is reminding boaters to slow down and be aware these giant fish are jumping. Nine people were injured in accidental collisions with jumping sturgeon during 2007. A…

Florida Celebrates Oceans Day

Florida Celebrates Oceans Day

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, March 12, 2008 (ENS) – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection today joined public and private partners to celebrate Florida Oceans Day at the Capitol. The annual event recognizes people and organizations who work to make the state’s oceans and coasts cleaner, healthier and more productive. The theme of this year’s celebration is…

Governor's Request Keeps Manatee in Endangered Class

Governor's Request Keeps Manatee in Endangered Class

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, December 6, 2007 (ENS) – In September Florida Governor Charlie Crist spoke out for manatee conservation, and Wednesday the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission responded by giving the manatee a reprieve. The commission voted to defer a decision about reclassifying the state’s remaining manatees from endangered to threatened. The commissioners also asked…