Found 7 blog entries tagged as FWC.


"Salt Life" is an expression that describes a lifestyle revolving around the ocean. The “salt life” focuses on the ocean for fun activities.  You possibly have noticed bumper stickers on cars up and down the coast as well as in Jupiter. The Town of Jupiter was shaken when two local boys got lost at sea! The AustinBlu Foundation was formed in 2015, in the wake of a tragedy involving two young boaters from Jupiter, on July 24th, 2015. Austin Blu Stephanos was one of those boys and the namesake of this foundation. 

The boys virtually grew up on the water, boating, fishing, diving, or swimming nearly every day. They worked at a local tackle shop together. They wrapped up themselves in the "salt life" of the ocean. This Foundation is rooted…

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Florida Boating Safety Educational Requirements require boat operators who were born on or after January 1, 1988, to obtain a Florida Boating Safety Education Identification Card to operate a motorboat with ten horsepower or more. The requirements to take an approved boating safety course and to obtain a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) issued identification card are the same, but the age threshold for the educational requirements is now based on whether you were born on or after January 1, 1988. For more information, visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website.

The greatest boating safety tip for any Jupiter boater is to always wear a lifejacket! Most people who drown in boating accidents know how to…

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Successful rehabilitation and release for “Crumpet”! “Crumpet” was released into the C17 Canal in North Palm Beach today! The manatee was first spotted near Manatee Lagoon in January 2022. The distressed but resilient sea cow evaded Florida Wildlife Commission for about two weeks before being spotted weeks later in Port Everglades in Broward nearly sixty miles away.

Crumpet was injured with a gash and floating sideways, unable to go underwater for food. SeaWorld and FWC transported “Crumpet” to SeaWorld Orlando where he recovered for almost seven months. FWC Marine Biologist Amber Howell stated “This manatee was in critical shape when we got to him. He has already gained about 400 pounds since we got to him in February. SeaWorld was able to…

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If you are from Southeast Florida, you already know, but if you are new to the area, one of the best ways to enjoy the area is by eating what the locals eat...FISH! Saving the best for last, here are the top 5 fish to eat in Southeast Florida!

5. Grouper

Grouper is the most common up-sell on a dinner menu from mahi-mahi. They have delicious lean white meat with a distinct yet mild flavor, large flakes, and a firm texture. Gag grouper (or black grouper), as well as red grouper, are the most widely distributed in Florida, and goliath and Nassau grouper are protected from harvest in Florida waters. Grouper is usually speared by divers or caught drift fishing over a reef offshore with baits near the bottom. For current recreational regulations,…

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This Saturday, November 30th, Florida residents and visitors have the chance to fish without the need for a saltwater fishing license. If you’ve been wondering what all the buzz is about, but you haven’t had the chance to purchase your fishing license, grab pole and some tackle from one of the many local tackle shops in the area and give it a shot.

This day is part of eight total license-free fishing days the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission offers each year when anglers are not required to have a fishing license to participate.

All bag limits, closed areas and size restrictions apply on these dates. To learn more, visit For fishing regulations and tips, visit

To renew or purchase a fishing…

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) made it easier for both visitors and residents of Florida to complete the boating safety exam required for recreational boaters born on or after January 1st, 1988. Online providers are permitted to offer the temporary certificate exam 24-hours a day, seven days a week, and it can be accessed by tablet, laptops, and even smartphones.

Prior to this change, paper exams were the only option, and had to be completed and passed on the spot by rental vessel operators, while boat rental facilities had to purchase, administer, and mail in the valid hard copies. The newer convenient method can be completed online before a vacation or a trip to rent a boat.

The $3 online exam is 25 questions…

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Pictured: Tripletail caught by North Palm Beach angler Jessica Bright

If you’re a South Florida angler, you know that some of the best memories are made fishing with good friends and family, but how often do you switch up the species you’re after? The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has added an incentive to increase the diversity of saltwater fish targeted by anglers and reduce fishing pressure on the most commonly sought-after species with the Catch a Florida Memory Program. The program turns conservation-minded fishing into a thrilling scavenger hunt throughout Florida’s beautiful waterways, and entices anglers with prizes and bragging rights to try different fishing locations, techniques, and experiences.

There are…

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