Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
|Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission|
|Common name||Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission|
|Patch of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.|
|Formed||July 1, 1999|
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|Operations jurisdiction*||State of Florida, United States|
|Governing body||Florida Legislature|
|Constituting instrument||Constitution of the State of Florida|
|Law enforcement officers||722 (2004)|
|Agency executive||Kenneth Wright, Chairman|
|* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.|
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is a Florida government agency charged with managing the state's fish and wildlife resources, regulating Florida's fisheries and wildlife, and enforcing related laws. Besides managers, research, and support personnel, the FWC operates as a law enforcement agency; FWC officers can perform many police functions in the course of their duties.
The Florida Constitution authorizes the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to enact rules and regulations regarding the state's fish and wildlife resources. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, managing fish and wildlife resources for their long-term well-being and the benefit of people.
To do this, the seven Commissioners meet five times each year to hear staff reports, consider rule proposals, and conduct other Commission business. Because stakeholder involvement is a crucial part of the process, we conduct Commission meetings in different locations across the state offering citizens the opportunity to address the Commission about issues under consideration.
A similar agency, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) serves as the environmental regulatory agency for the state of Florida, enforcing environmental legislation (air and water quality for example).
The FWC is headquartered in Tallahassee, the state capital. It has over 1,800 full-time employees and maintains a Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, five regional offices, and 73 field offices across the state. Seven commissioners are appointed by the governor.
The FWC was established on July 1, 1999 as a result of an amendment to the Florida Constitution approved in 1998. The FWC was a result of a merger between the former offices of the Marine Fisheries Commission, Division of Marine Resources and Division of Law Enforcement of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and all of the employees and Commissioners of the former Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission.
The FWC has several divisions:
- Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
- Division of Hunting and Game Management
- Division of Habitat and Species Conservation
- Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management
- Division of Marine Fisheries Management
- Division of Law Enforcement
- Office of Information Technology
- Office of Recreation Services
The FWC also has three overarching divisions created for administrative purposes: Community Relations and the Office of Policy and Stakeholder Coordination.
Commissioners of the FWC are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the legislature for five-year terms. Typically, commissioners come from different geographical areas of the state in order to ensure that the FWC adequately protects the entire state of Florida, but it is not unusual to have multiple commissioners from the same city or region.
Current commissioners: The FWC's seven Commissioners are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Florida Senate to five-year terms. Their constitutional duty is to exercise the "...regulatory and executive powers of the state with respect to wild animal life and fresh water aquatic life and shall also exercise regulatory and executive powers of the state with respect to marine life, except that all license fees and penalties for violating regulations shall be as provided by law."
Terms in Office Member Current Term Began Original Appointment Term Expires
- Kenneth W. Wright Aug. 8, 2007 Aug. 6, 2007 Aug. 1, 2012 (Chairman)
- Ronald M. Bergeron Aug. 8, 2007 Aug. 6, 2007 Aug. 1, 2012
- Kathy Barco Aug. 8, 2007 September 2004 Aug. 1, 2012 (Vice Chairman)
- Richard A. Corbett Jan. 25, 2008 February 2003 Jan. 6, 2013
- Brian S. Yablonski Jan. 6, 2009 January 2004 Jan. 5, 2014
- Charles W. Roberts III Sept. 1, 2011 Sept. 1, 2011 Aug. 1, 2016
- Aliese P. "Liesa" Priddy Jan. 6, 2012 Jan. 6, 2012 Jan. 6, 2017
- Horn, W; Maher, T; Dodrill, J (2000). "Fish census data from scientific divers of the Florida Artificial Reef Program". In: Hallock and French (eds). Diving for Science...2000. Proceedings of the 20th Annual Scientific Diving Symposium, American Academy of Underwater Sciences. St Pete Beach, Florida. Retrieved 2013-03-11.
- Official website
- Official FWC Hunting Regulations
- Official FWC Freshwater Fishing Regulations
- Official FWC Saltwater Fishing Regulations