Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability
Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability

Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

For assistance, call 850-487-4796 or visit https://myfwc.com/

What is the commission's mission?

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's mission is to manage fish and wildlife resources for their long-term well-being and the benefit of people.

How is the commission appointed?

Seven commission members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate to five-year terms.

What activities are conducted by the commission?

The commission manages and protects fish and wildlife resources and their habitat by
  • conserving and managing habitat for a diversity of species;
  • developing and implementing plans for conserving species;
  • developing and enforcing fishing and hunting regulations, public access regulations for wildlife management areas, and boating safety laws;
  • producing and distributing selected freshwater species of fish;
  • providing hunting, fishing, and wildlife viewing opportunities; and
  • researching, monitoring, and conducting surveys of fish and wildlife species.
The commission conducts these activities through six divisions.
In addition, the commission's Executive Direction and Administrative Services program supports agency programs by providing budget, legal, and other administrative services.

How are these activities funded?

Fiscal Year: 2022-23
Fund Dollars Positions
FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION
PROGRAM: EXECUTIVE DIRECTION AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES
OFFICE OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTION AND ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT SERVICES
34,070,066
217.00
PROGRAM: FRESHWATER FISHERIES
FRESHWATER FISHERIES MANAGEMENT
8,282,831
59.00
PROGRAM: HABITAT AND SPECIES CONSERVATION
HABITAT AND SPECIES CONSERVATION
134,174,730
385.50
PROGRAM: LAW ENFORCEMENT
FISH, WILDLIFE AND BOATING LAW ENFORCEMENT
192,030,921
1,055.00
PROGRAM: MARINE FISHERIES
MARINE FISHERIES MANAGEMENT
13,333,989
34.00
PROGRAM: RESEARCH
FISH AND WILDLIFE RESEARCH INSTITUTE
113,730,560
353.00
PROGRAM: WILDLIFE
HUNTING AND GAME MANAGEMENT
10,265,606
45.00
TOTAL
505,888,703
2,148.50

Updates

Boating and Waterways. The 2022 Legislature enacted Ch. 2022-142, Laws of Florida, specifying that a vessel is at risk of becoming derelict if it is tied to an unlawful or unpermitted mooring or other structure. The law also authorizes the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to provide grants to local governments for the removal of derelict vessels or vessels declared a public nuisance.

Gopher Tortoises. Chapter 2022-142, Laws of Florida, also adds responsibilities to the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for gopher tortoises. The law requires that each land managing agency, in consultation with the commission, to consider the feasibility of using a portion of state lands as a gopher tortoise recipient site. Each qualifying site must contain a management with a component prepared by the agency or cooperatively with a commission wildlife biologist that assesses the feasibility of managing the lands as a recipient site for gopher tortoises consistent with the commission's rules. Additionally, the commission must streamline and improve the gopher tortoise recipient site application review process by approving or denying such applications with 45 days of receipt. The commission must also submit a report to the Legislature by February 1, 2023, that includes

  • the progress made in establishing new recipient sites;
  • the average time it takes to approve or deny an application;
  • any federal action taken to modify the listing of the gopher tortoise under the Endangered Species Act; and
  • any other information relevant to the gopher tortoise conservation program. 

Where can I find related OPPAGA reports?

A complete list of related OPPAGA reports is available on our website.

Where can I get more information?

Other Reports
Agency Strategic Plan 2020-2024, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, May 6, 2020.

2021-22 Programs of the FWC, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

A complete list of Auditor General reports is available on its website. 

Websites of Interest
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Inspector General
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Legislative Affairs
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Research Publications
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Performance Information


Performance measures and standards for the department may be found in its Long Range Program Plan.

What are the applicable statutes?

Article IV, Section 9, Constitution of the State of Florida, and s. 20.331 and  20.3311 and Chs. 379 and 327, Florida Statutes.

Whom do I contact for help?

Eric Sutton, Executive Director, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, 850-487-3796, e-mail: eric.sutton@myfwc.com

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