Notice is given that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is notifying the public, marinas, commercial and recreational vessels traveling the Okeechobee Waterway that Ortona Lock will be closed for maintenance 4 through 16 June 2018. This will be the first lock closure along the Okeechobee Waterway in 6 years; maintenance is necessary to repair aging and damaged infrastructure in addition to improving public and vessel safety. Repairs will require the lock chamber to be dewatered for crews to perform inspections, replace gate seals and repair Manatee Protection system components. During the closure, barges, floating cranes and divers will be working in the lock entrance, requiring vessel operators in the area to use minimal speed and caution for safety.
Read more “Notice to Navigation Interests: NTN 2018-02 Okeechobee Waterway – Ortona Lock Closure June 2018; Public Comment through March 31”
The Yacht Club Boat Ramp in Cape Coral re-opened on Saturday, December 16 after it was severely damaged by Hurricane Irma. The storm damaged both piers along the boat launches, which have been closed since Irma. Repairs to the finger piers cost more than $18,000.
Okeechobee Waterway – St. Lucie Canal (C-44) High Flow and Low Water Hazardous Navigation
Notice is given that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is advising commercial and recreational vessels to use extreme caution traveling the Okeechobee Waterway between Port Mayaca and St. Lucie Locks due to high current flowing east and low canal levels created by maximum lake releases.
Read more “Notice to Navigation: NTN 2017-013 Okeechobee Waterway C-44 St. Lucie Canal Low Water”
A new management boundary and several conservation measures for hogfish will go into effect in state and federal waters starting Aug. 24. State changes were approved by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at its November 2016 meeting.
Read more “Hogfish conservation measures and boundaries effective Aug. 24”
*This article was originally posted by news-press.com HERE
Boating south of Fort Myers Beach should get a lot easier soon.
Read more “Big Carlos, New Passes to Be Dredged Deeper”
Begins Wednesday Morning, July 5, 2017
The City will begin construction of the Boat Ramp Rehabilitation project at the Boat Ramp located at 888 Sextant Drive on Wednesday, July 5, 2017. The Boat Ramp will be closed until Friday, September 8, 2017 weather permitting. The Picnic Area and Restroom Facilities will remain open during this time.
Read more “Boat Ramp Rehabilitation Project”
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) needs your help in monitoring fish health by tracking marine and freshwater fish kills in Florida.
FWC scientists monitor and document fish kills and diseases, as well as other aquatic animal health issues and associated environmental events.
Read more “Help FWC monitor fish health by reporting fish kills”
This Friday, June 16, begins the first weekend of an additional 39-day season for recreational red snapper fishing in Gulf federal waters and changes to the state season. The U.S. Department of Commerce announced these expanded fishing opportunities today, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) followed with an executive order setting the updated season in state waters.
Read more “Anglers can take advantage of more Gulf red snapper fishing starting this weekend”
By Bruce Ritchie
03/30/2017 05:41 PM EDT
TALLAHASSEE — The West Indian manatee is being downgraded from endangered to threatened under federal law, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday.
Read more “Federal agency reclassifies manatee from ‘endangered’ to ‘threatened’”