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FWC, partners rescue cold-stunned sea turtles

Recent cold temperatures in Florida left many cold-stunned sea turtles close to death, floating listlessly in the water. Working with staff from county, state and federal agencies as well as volunteers, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists helped to coordinate the

FWC rescues young manatee from chilly waters

Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) rescued a young male manatee in St. Petersburg on Wednesday. The 7-foot juvenile manatee was thin and showed signs of cold stress. This condition, which can result in death,

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

Cold weather in early 2010 took toll on manatees

The cold weather earlier this year led to a record high number of manatee deaths in 2010. From the beginning of the year through Dec. 5, biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) documented 699 manatee carcasses in state

Help Sea Turtles Survive Every Time You Drive

Sea Turtle Grant Program Awards $335,000 to Support Research, Conservation and Education GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA—Each summer, Florida's sandy beaches attract thousands of sea turtles searching for the perfect spot to lay their eggs. But in the past 10 years, scientists have recorded a nearly 50

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

Florida sea turtles have productive 2010 nesting season

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), all three species of sea turtles that nest regularly on the state's beaches had annual nest counts well above average for the previous 10 years. This news is especially good for loggerhead sea turtles, which have

Study: Scientists helped improve outlook for Florida panthers

Study: Scientists helped improve outlook for Florida panthers

A paper published in the journal "Science" on Friday focuses on the long-term efforts of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and partner agencies to improve the health of the Florida panther population. Through a process called genetic restoration, scientists have helped

Reminder: Balloon releases take a toll on wildlife

Reminder: Balloon releases take a toll on wildlife With the start of football season, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds event organizers and other Floridians about a law prohibiting the release of more than nine lighter-than-air balloons within a 24-hour period.

Scientists Release the First Rescued, Rehabilitated Sea Turtles Back into the Gulf

NOAA administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco and Adm. Thad Allen joined state, federal, and partner biologists today as they released 23 Kemp’s ridley sea turtles back into the Gulf of Mexico near Cedar Key, Fla., after the turtles were successfully rescued and rehabilitated from the effects of the