Environment

Cold Weather May Lead to Fish Kills

Cold Weather May Lead to Fish Kills

As temperatures drop in Florida, the number of cold-related fish kills is likely to increase. Chilly winter temperatures can lead to fish die-offs in Florida’s marine habitats, rivers and lakes.

The good news is that these events are natural occurrences and typically do not cause permanent damage to the ecosystem or to fish populations. In some cases they are even beneficial, in that they help limit the spread of invasive, exotic species.

FWC Wants Public's Input About More Daylight Alligator Hunting

FWC Wants Public's Input About More Daylight Alligator Hunting

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) wants to know what Floridians think about providing more daylight-hunting hours to alligator hunters. The public can comment via an online survey.

Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens Florida Urban and Community Forestry Grant

November 23, 2010 The Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens, Inc. significantly enhanced it’s outreach to the community with the aid of the Florida Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program during 2010.  These funds were made available to organizations and municipalities to develop or enhance their urban and community forestry programs.

FWC Launches Database to Help Reduce Derelict Vessels

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) launched a program this week to help prevent vessels in state waterways from becoming derelict. Through the At-Risk Vessel Program, FWC officers will collaborate with local sheriffs’ offices and police departments to enter information about potential derelict vessels into a statewide database.

Tips: Keep Home and Décor Pest-Free This Holiday Season

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is sharing their tips for how consumers can avoid infestations that can be caused by pests who hide in holiday decorations like Christmas trees, garlands and ornament storage boxes.

2010 Tobacco Free Parks Litter Pick-Up Week

Join Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT), The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW), Florida’s Parks and Recreation, and Oceanway Middle School 4H Club in a state wide clean-up of tobacco litter within our parks. CPPW Coordinators, Southside Middle School SWAT Club, Oceanway Middle School 4H Club and our local partners will be engaging in cleanups of tobacco litter within our parks. The tobacco litter will be weighed and all trash from the cleanups across the state will be totaled.

On November 13, 2010, the Oceanway Middle School 4H Club will work with the Southside Middle School Boys and Girls Club/SWAT to help 4H sweep up trash at the Greater Jacksonville Fairgrounds. The students will also educate attendees about tobacco issues.  Another activity of the day for the students is to collect petitions asking to remove candy-flavored tobacco products from store shelves in Duval County.  Tobacco Prevention Program staff from the Duval County Health Department will provide information on smoking cessation.

FWC Determines Fungus Caused St. Johns Fish Kill

Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute have determined the cause of a recent fish kill in the St. Johns River. Testing confirmed that a fungus led to the fish die-off that occurred in the river in mid-October.

The FWC received reports of dead fish and fish with ulcers beginning Oct. 20. Reports came from an area of the river just south of Interstate 95 near Jacksonville and as far south as Green Cove Springs. The FWC responded by analyzing dead fish and water samples from the area.