At its February meeting in Crystal River, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved several changes to the spiny lobster bully net fishery, including directing staff to launch a “Respectful Bully Netting” outreach campaign.
At its February meeting in Crystal River, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) discussed the current status of bay scallops in St. Joseph Bay in Gulf County; approved regional changes to the bay scallop season dates in Gulf County and areas surrounding Gulf County; and discussed potential season dates in Dixie County and parts of Taylor County. These changes are for 2017 only and are an opportunity to explore regionally-specific bay scallop seasons.
The recreational harvest season for snook reopens on Feb. 1 in Florida’s Atlantic coastal and inland waters (from the Miami-Dade/Monroe county line north), including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River. The season will remain open through May 31.
Dredging delayed until 2019
University of South Florida, Tampa, Fla. Receives EPA Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Funds to Support Community Revitalization
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has selected 19 communities for approximately $3.8 million in funding to assist with planning for cleanup and reuse of Brownfield sites as part of the Brownfields Area-Wide Planning (AWP) program. Each recipient will receive up to $200,000 to engage their community and conduct planning activities for brownfield site reuse.
EPA awards $440,000 in Rebates to Fund Cleaner School Buses in Orange County and St. Lucie County, Fla. Communities
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the School Boards of Orange County, Fla. and Saint Lucie County, Fla. are two of 88 school bus fleets in 27 states that will receive rebates through EPA's Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) funding. The School Board of Orange County was awarded $240,000 and the School Board of Saint Lucie County was awarded $200,000.