Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Common name Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Abbreviation FWC
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Patch of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Agency overview
Formed July 1, 1999
Preceding agencies
  • Marine Fisheries Commission
  • Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission
Employees 1,883
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* State of Florida, United States
Size 170,304 km2
Population 18,251,243
Governing body Florida Legislature
Constituting instrument Constitution of the State of Florida
General nature
Specialist jurisdictions
Operational structure
Headquarters Tallahassee, Florida
Law enforcement officers 722 (2004)
Agency executive Richard A. Corbett, 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.

Organizational Units[edit]

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

The FWC also has overarching offices created for administrative purposes:

  • Office of the Executive Director
  • Office of Information Technology
  • Office of Community Relations
  • Office of Public Access and Wildlife Viewing Services
  • Office of Policy and Accountability
  • Office of Finance and Budget
  • Office of Human Resources
  • Office of the Inspector General
  • Office of Licensing and Permitting
  • Legal Office
  • Legislative Affairs Office

The Division of Marine Fisheries Management oversees the State's artificial reef program.[1]

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission building in Tallahassee.


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:[2] 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

  • Adrien "Bo" Rivard Mar. 8, 2013 Mar. 8, 2013 Jan. 6, 2018
  • Ronald M. Bergeron Mar. 8, 2013 Aug. 6, 2007 Aug. 1, 2017
  • Richard A. Corbett Mar. 8, 2013 Feb. 8, 2003 Aug. 1, 2017 (Chairman)
  • Brian S. Yablonski Jan. 6, 2009 Jan. 6, 2004 Jan. 5, 2014 (Vice Chairman)
  • 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


See also[edit]


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ http://myfwc.com/aboutus/commiss.html
  3. ^ Suwannee Ridge Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission

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