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Tomorrow is the last day to tag your lionfish catch with #FWClionfish  on Twitter or Instagram and win a free Lionfish Control Team t-shirt! Check out the rules and some winning photos here: http://instagram.com/myfwclife Check out more on our Google+ page: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/116929795670888362297/116929795670888362297/posts#116929795670888362297/posts
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Seabird deaths along Florida’s east coast appear migration-related
Researchers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) have received reports of more than 150 dead or distressed greater shearwaters, gull-like birds, along Florida’s east coast in Brevard, Indian River, St. Johns and Volusia counties this week. After examining some of the birds, researchers believe these deaths are related to stress from the species’ long, trans-Atlantic migration.
Greater shearwaters migrate from their primary breeding grounds in Tristan da Cunha, a group of islands off the southwest coast of Africa, across the Atlantic to Canada, according to the Peterson Field Guide for Eastern Birds.
“This long migration, coupled with storms and high winds, can take its toll on some immature and older shearwaters, sapping their strength and making it difficult to feed,” said Dan Wolf, an FWC research biologist. “Upon examination of some of the dead greater shearwaters this week, we found the birds were young and emaciated, consistent with normal migration mortality.”
Migration-related deaths of greater shearwaters occur every year around this time, though the number varies. In 2007, researchers received reports of about 1,000 dead shearwaters during the migratory season.
Since Monday, citizens and wildlife rehabilitators from Vero Beach north to Ponte Vedra have reported finding these dead birds in areas along the shoreline. Because greater shearwaters live most of their lives on the open sea, the deaths are only seen alongshore when winds are blowing inshore.
The public can report dead birds to the FWC online at MyFWC.com/Bird. Anyone who encounters a dead or distressed bird is asked not to handle it. For assistance with sick or injured birds, citizens should contact a local wildlife rehabilitative facility.
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Floridians: Here is a chance to prove the Sunshine State has the Best Fishing in North America! Vote for your favorite fishing town in Florida: the Fishing Capital of the World. Check out the MyFWC page for details!
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GAG GROUPER: The recreational harvest season and the commercial size limits will be changed soon. Check out the MyFWC Google+ page for details.
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There are a variety of big freshwater fishing tournaments going on or just wrapping up in Florida including bass and crappie that serve as a nice barometer for the recreational angler. Check out the links on our Google+ Business page!
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Did you know that largemouth bass are the most popular sportfish in North America? In Florida, freshwater bass alone annually provide anglers more than 14 million days of healthy outdoor recreation and generate approximately $1.25 billion in economic impact. Find out more about the new TrophyCatch program offering rewards on the MyFWC Google+ page: https://plus.google.com/u/1/b/116929795670888362297/116929795670888362297/posts#116929795670888362297/posts
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JUST ANNOUNCED! Four license-free fishing Saturdays in 2012!
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Red drum and spotted seatrout management efforts change February 1 in Florida waters. Check out the MyFWC official Google+ page for details and please add us to your circles!
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Rosie O’Donnell taking heat for shark killing
The TV personality is catching abuse from environmentalists, irate at the killing of ocean predators that are considered overfished around the globe. Florida banned killing them Jan. 1, long after O'Donnell's fishing trips.
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