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 2,112.5 full-time[1]
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
Website
myfwc.com
Footnotes
* 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 founded in 1999 and headquartered in Tallahassee. It is charged with managing the state's fish and wildlife resources, regulating its fisheries and wildlife, and enforcing related laws. Besides being managers, research, and support personnel, officers may perform law enforcement functions in the course of their duties. In addition to their responsibilities of managing resources, this agency also has the power to enact bills allowing mass hunting of at-risk animals in Florida. Just recently, they proposed the opening of trophy hunting of Florida Black Bears. "FWC should instead use the right tools for preventing conflicts—like bear-proof trash management, public education, hazing, habitat conservation and code enforcement—strategies that have broad public support and benefit both people and bears.”-Kate MacFall, Florida state director for The Humane Society of the United States.<http://www.humanesociety.org/news/news_briefs/2015/04/fl-black-bear-trophy-hunting-rule-040115.html>

History[edit]

The FWC was established with a headquarter in Tallahassee, the state capital on July 1, 1999 after an amendment to the Florida Constitution approved in 1998. The FWC resulted from 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 (DEP}, and all of the employees and Commissioners of the former Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) serves as the environmental regulatory agency for the state, enforcing environmental legislation regarding air and water quality, for example.

In 2004, the Florida Legislature approved a reorganization of the FWC that integrated parts of the Division of Wildlife, Division of Freshwater Fisheries, and the Florida Marine Research Institute to create the 'Fish and Wildlife Research Institute' (FWRI) in St. Petersburg, Florida.It has over 600 employees.[2]

As of 2014 FWC had over 2,000 full-time employees, maintained the FWRI, five regional offices, and 73 field offices across the state.[1]

Organizational Units[edit]

The FWC has six 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, oversees the State's artificial reef program.[3]
  • Division of Law Enforcement

The FWC has the following 11 offices 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 Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission building in Tallahassee.

Commissioners[edit]

The Florida Constitution authorizes the Commission to enact rules and regulations regarding the state's fish and wildlife resources for their long-term well-being and the benefit of people. To do this, the seven Governor of Florida-appointed Commissioners meet five times each year to hear staff reports, consider rule proposals, and conduct other business. Because stakeholder involvement is a crucial part of the process, the Commission meets in different locations across the state giving citizens the opportunity to address the Commission about issues under consideration.[4] The seven commissioners of the FWC are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Florida 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. 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."[5] The Commissioners as of 2015 are:

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 Sept. 1, 2011
Aliese P. "Liesa" Priddy Jan. 6, 2012 Jan. 6, 2012 Jan. 6, 2017

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (September 2014). "Overview - Fast Facts". State of Florida. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (n.d.). "Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, History". State of Florida. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (n.d.). "About : The Commission". State of Florida. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  5. ^ Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (n.d.). "About: The Commissioners". State of Florida. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 

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