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Category: Wildlife

Fish of Florida: Red Snapper (Lutjanus campechanus) Species Profile

Northern Red Snapper, Lutjanus campechanus Florida State Record: 46 lbs 8 oz, Destin 1985 IGFA World Record: 50 lbs 4 oz, Louisiana 1996 For most current red snapper regulations please check out this the FWC snapper page, Gulf… Read More

Sea Turtles in Florida

Seven species of sea turtles swim in all of the world’s oceans except for the polar seas. Their adult lives at sea remain relatively unknown, but different species of sea turtles venture to shallow seagrass meadows while others… Read More

The Florida Master Naturalist Program in St. Lucie County

The Florida Master Naturalist Program is offered through UF/IFAS Extension in conjunction with collaborating agencies.  In St. Lucie County, lead instructors contribute to this program from the UF/IFAS Extension and St. Lucie County Environmental Resources Department.  Associate and… Read More

2021 Annual Recreational Scalloping Seminar Gone Virtual

Join us to learn more about recreational scalloping in Florida virtually! Don’t miss out! During these online events, biologists from the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute will provide updates about the scallop populations in the area and discuss… Read More

Hurricane Season Begins: Federal Program Protects Public Safety

Hurricane Season Begins Federal Program Protects Public Safety GAINESVILLE, Fla., June 1, 2021 — Hurricane season officially begins today and the Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP) may be able to help if your area suffers damage from a natural disaster. The… Read More

UF/IFAS study connects how health status of American Crocodiles is influenced by salinity levels in Florida Everglades

In Florida, the threatened American Crocodile plays an important role in the waterways and environment that we live in and enjoy. Among their attributes, their health, breeding and survival status tell us a lot about the current state… Read More

Study: Hook designed to help fish survive catch and release shows promise

Catch and release practices can help conserve fish populations but they do not guarantee the fish will survive, as handling and air exposure can have negative health impacts and cause mortality Scientists have developed a new fishhook design… Read More

Study: Hook designed to help fish survive catch and release shows promise

Catch and release practices can help conserve fish populations but they do not guarantee the fish will survive, as handling and air exposure can have negative health impacts and cause mortality Scientists have developed a new fishhook design… Read More