Nick Wiley

Snapper season extended in federal waters

Snapper season extended in federal waters

Federal waters have been opened up to recreational fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico for a longer period of time thanks to the joint efforts of the United States Department of Commerce and the five Gulf states. Once set for an all-time low of only three days, the season now has an additional 39 days […]

FWC scuttles move to require kayak license

FWC scuttles move to require kayak license

Last month a citizen panel put together by state boating authorities explored options that could lead to requiring registration and fees for non-motorized boats such as kayaks. Read the full article in the March 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Money from state helping fuel growth of BearWise program

Money from state helping fuel growth of BearWise program

It’s too early to tell just how effective the BearWise program will be in Florida but efforts have intensified to make it something that goes a long way in reducing the number of bear-human conflicts. A total of 12 counties received money from the state last week, including Santa Rosa County. The money will be […]

FWC fuels fishing fever

FWC fuels fishing fever

Fishing is a big part of Pete Della Ratta’s life. Not only does he enjoy doing it, but he loves educating students about it, whether it’s at various fishing clinics throughout the area in the summer months or taking seventh-graders on a fishing field trip each year. “I love showing students the basics of fishing […]

FWC in process of reclassifying manatee status

FWC in process of reclassifying manatee status

Katie Tripp won’t argue that the manatee population in Florida is at a healthy level. But the Director of Science and Conservation at the Save the Manatee Club in Maitland doesn’t believe it’s a reason for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to make plans to downlist all West Indian manatees from endangered to […]