FISH AND WILDLIFE: FFWC officers protect paradise

Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 11:23 AM.

Do you enjoy going for boat rides, picnicking at state parks, deer hunting or bass fishing?

Many of Florida’s residents and visitors enjoy the state’s abundant natural resources. From the clear waters of the Keys, to the vast Everglades to the Panhandle's rolling hills, Florida is a unique and beautiful place.

Fishing, hunting, boating and wildlife viewing are multimillion-dollar industries in the state.

We all want to participate safely, conveniently, and in a manner that doesn’t harm the environment and wildlife.

Enter the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers.

We all have a right to enjoy the outdoors, and with that comes responsibility to protect the outdoors and the people and wildlife in it. FWC officers have the extra duty of being these natural resources' frontline guardians. They are responsible for protecting paradise for current and future generations to enjoy.

There is a legal and philosophical concept, referred to as the “Public Trust Doctrine," accepted nationwide. It is the idea that natural resources are for public use and that the government must maintain them. The methods to achieve that concept have developed over the years (like the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program), but conservation officers have always been an integral part of making it a reality.

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