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Justification Review of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Report No. 01-48, October 2001
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The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s mission is to manage fish and wildlife for the benefit of people and the long-term welfare of the resource. We concluded that the commission’s major programs (freshwater fisheries, law enforcement, marine fisheries, and wildlife) should be continued. Specifically, we found that
  • wildlife populations are declining in Florida, but causes are beyond the commission’s control;
  • freshwater fish populations are generally stable or increasing, but listed freshwater fish species are a concern;
  • populations of most marine fish species are stable or increasing, but some species are still overfished;
  • progress has been made in integrating law enforcement units and personnel from the former Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission and the former Florida Marine Patrol; and
  • the commission is forecasting shortfalls in several of its trust funds.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Freshwater Fisheries Management
Law Enforcement
Fisheries Management
Wildlife Management

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 03-38 Progress Report: Commission Improves Performance Data, But Continues to Face Trust Fund Deficits, published in July 2003.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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