Environment

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.

Increase in Fire Danger and Brush Fire Responses Throughout St. Johns County

Due to increasingly dry conditions in our area, SJCFR has seen an increase in fire danger and brush fire responses throughout St. Johns County.  Due to these conditions, fire rescue will continue working together with DOF to provide for a rapid response to all reported brush fires and encourages residents to use caution and remain aware of the daily weather conditions.

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 Workshop Will Discuss St. Johns Boating Rule

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will hold a public workshop in St. Augustine the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 30, to address possible amendments to the Florida Adminstrative Code (Rule 68D-24.155) to further reduce vessel speed limits on the Intracoastal Waterway within St. Johns County.

William Bartram Scenic and Historic Highway Wins Several Awards

The William Bartram Scenic and Historic Highway has been recognized recently with several awards for its Master Plan and website www.BartramScenicHighway.com. The William Bartram Scenic and Historic Highway was recognized for “Outstanding Master Plan” from the First Coast Section of the American Planning Association, Florida Chapter. Additionally, the Highway’s website received Honorable Mention from the same group, as well as the “Public Education Award” from the First Coast Chapter of the Florida Planning and Zoning Association.

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.