About the FWC

Our Fish and Wildlife

The FWC protects and manages...

  • More than 575 species of wildlife
  • More than 200 native species of freshwater fish
  • More than 500 native species of saltwater fish

...balancing these species' needs with the needs of nearly 19 million residents and the millions of visitors who share the land and water with Florida's wildlife.

The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission came into existence on July 1, 1999 - the result of a constitutional amendment approved in the 1998 General Election as part of the package proposed by the Constitution Revision Commission.

In the implementation of the Constitutional Amendment, the Florida Legislature combined all of the staff and Commissioners of the former Marine Fisheries Commission, elements of the divisions of Marine Resources and Law Enforcement of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and all of the employees and Commissioners of the former Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission.


FWC Facts:
Sea turtles range in size from the 75- to 100-pound Kemp’s ridley to the 1,300-pound, 8-foot-long leatherback.

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