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Those fishing from Florida’s coastlines may soon be barred from the popular practice of using chum to attract sharks near beaches.

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Florida Fish And Wildlife Conservation Commission officials are encouraging people to be especially mindful of manatees this month.

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is looking for qualified people willing to adopt exotic pets through it’s Exotic Pet Amnesty Program.

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A local group is taking to the water to help kill an invasive species that has infiltrated the waters of the First Coast.

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Good news for some of Florida’s oldest residents: The number of endangered green sea-turtle nests across the state this year more than doubled the previous record high.

There were more than 25,000 nests located in 2013, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission says a majority of them had eggs that hatched. 

Twenty-five years ago, less than 500 nests were found in the entire state.

FWC Biologist Robbin Trindell credits conservation efforts by Floridians for much of the success.

Florida wildlife officials are asking for residents’ help in reporting sightings of rare snakes. They’re working to determine whether the snakes should be bumped up to the federal endangered status.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologists want the public to report sightings of three snakes: the Florida pine snake, southern hognose snake, and short-tailed snake. FWC Spokesman Kevin Baxter says with residents help, researchers can then determine whether these snakes qualify as a federally threatened species.

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At least five vessels are scheduled to be removed from the St. Johns River on Friday as part of an ongoing effort to remove derelict boats from the waterway.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit has organized a task force to deal with the problem of abandoned vessels in the St. Johns. The task force includes the Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.