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  • Financial Information
    it here Press Releases FWF Activities Florida News Blog Social Media Florida Fish Wildlife News Publication How to Help Support Us Membership Sweepstakes FWF Partners Affiliate Organizations Conservation Allies Friends Donations of Stock Special Donations Programs FWF Photo Contest Create A Wildlife Habitat GreenStar Certification Sweepstakes FWF Scholarship Fund Sunrise Diane Lewis Withlacoochee Bay Trai Financial Information Audit Reports FWF Financial Statements 2013 FWF Financial Statements 2014 FWF Financial Statements

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  • we will not have to rely on onerous regulations Overfishing or catching fish faster than they can reproduce is a losing proposition It weakens fish populations and ocean ecosystems making both vulnerable to pollution natural disturbances and climate change It also hurts the economies of coastal communities that rely on abundant fish to sustain tourism fishing diving and other coastal industries Indeed an analysis commissioned by the Pew Environment Group showed that commercial fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico lost 12 3 million in 2009 because of population declines in important species such as red snapper and gag grouper Revenues could have been at least 16 percent higher if several fish populations were at healthier levels In addition to preventing overfishing we advocate for policies that consider the ecosystem as a whole and the interaction between species including measures that reduce by catch and protect critical habitat spawning areas and the food web Florida provides one third of the nation s seafood and is one of the country s premiere destinations for recreational fishing Recreational fishing is an essential part of the state s economy and fishing regulations that sustain fish populations for the long term are critical to maintaining Florida s economic prosperity Forage Fish Pledge Forage fish are foundation of Florida s legacy as Fishing Capital of the World Visit the Florida Forage Fish Coalition website to learn more about why forage fish are important and why they need protection Take the Forage Fish Pledge to show your support for better forage fish protection in Florida http floridaforagefish igfa org Infographics Little Fish Are a Big Deal to Florida Videos Securing Safe Havens For Fish A big picture approach is key to preserving our oceans Jupiter Inlet snook baitfish and more Marine Ecosystem Protection Articles South Florida corals

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  • Coastal Policy
    conservation allies to promote conservation of sea turtle nesting beaches along Florida s coasts We successfully got the Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA to agree to require sea turtle conservation considerations in the issuance of federal flood insurance and are working with reinsurance companies to highlight the value of barrier islands natural features and wetlands to buffer and protect built environments Following the successful relocation of threatened and endangered sea turtle nests along the Gulf Coast to oil free habitats on Florida s Atlantic coast FWF continues to partner with the Sea Turtle Conservancy and the National Wildlife Federation to protect marine turtle nesting beaches FWF promotes implementation of the Florida Beaches Habitat Conservation Plan and has initiated a comprehensive reevaluation of the state s Coastal Construction Control Line Program FWF is also working to reduce sea turtle mortalities associated with long lining and trawling FWF successfully engaged in litigation at the state and federal levels which resulted in the requirement that shrimp trawlers employ sea turtle excluder devices FWF also supports efforts to eliminate non selective fishing gear to reduce impacts to sea turtles and other marine species Resources Nature s First Line of Defense Videos Adapting to Sea Level Rise Fish And Wildlife Related Articles FWF LAWSUIT LAUNCHED TO PROTECT ENDANGERED SEA TURTLES FROM SINGER ISLAND SEAWALLS Like so many of us sea turtles love Singer Island It has one of the highest nesting densities of turtles in North America said Florida Wildlife Federation President Manley Fuller DEP needs to require measures that will protect turtles and decrease erosion This means pushing seawalls farther 08 07 2015 Florida Wildlife Federation s New Report Demonstrates Importance of Protecting State s Vulnerable Coast Report Nature s First Line of Defense Key Reasons to Protect and Restore Coastal Habitats 03 06

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  • Clean Water Policy
    now threaten our fresh estuarine and marine waters that provide vital habitat for our fish and wildlife As eco tourism grows we must protect and enhance special places such as Wekiva and Silver Springs and the Apalachicola River and Bay The Indian and Caloosahatchee Rivers as well as world renowned Lake Okeechobee are under severe environmental pressure Water flows have been drastically altered to the detriment of our ecology and our residents FWF has striven for years on the state federal and local levels to fix these critical problems by advocacy and when necessary by litigation In 2013 FWF provided testimony to the State Senate Select Committee on the Indian River Lagoon and Lake Okeechobee Basin We encouraged the Legislature to address both short and long term solutions to unnaturally high water in the Lake and the subsequent discharges which create tremendous pollution problems for associated estuaries and damage the Everglades system FWF also emphasizes environmental education especially for our youth and seeks to instill Floridians and visitors alike with a water stewardship ethic Clean Water Related Articles Florida House Bill 7003 Does Not Protect Our Water HB 7003 Does Not Advance Real Springs Restoration 03 16 2015 Florida Wildlife Federation Establishes Matching Grant for Donations to Florida s Water and Land Legacy Campaign Federation will contribute one dollar to campaign for every two dollars donated 10 01 2014 Florida Water Pollution Rules Approved By EPA AP By BILL KACZOR The EPA late Friday said it was approving rules drafted by the state for only about 15 percent of Florida s 100 000 miles of waterways while adopting its own rules for the rest 12 04 2012 U S Environmental Protection Agency Agrees to Set Enforceable Clean Water Limits for 100 000 Miles of Florida Waters Judge Fails to Grant

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  • Coastal Management Policy and Gulf Restoration
    to storms and sea level rise Undeveloped or lightly developed shorelines not only provide incredibly rich fish and wildlife habitat they buffer the storms and hurricanes that strike Florida Florida Wildlife Federation joined with National Wildlife Federation in commissioning a scientific report Unfavorable Tides which documents the tremendous impacts that a modest sea level rise of 15 inches by 2100 would have on a number of Florida s estuaries and bays The effects on the state especially southeast Florida would be dramatic The 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon disaster was the largest single environmental calamity in our history FWF successfully lobbied the federal government to have most of the money BP will have to pay go towards environmental clean up and conservation in the Gulf of Mexico We are now actively engaged in what specific projects should be funded once the money is available and are concentrating on long lasting action such as coastal and watershed protection The level of conservation that could be afforded by this money is unprecedented but great attention must be given to assure that real ecological progress is made Resources Nature s First Line of Defense Gulf Restoration Related Articles Florida Wildlife Federation s New Report Demonstrates Importance of Protecting State s Vulnerable Coast Report Nature s First Line of Defense Key Reasons to Protect and Restore Coastal Habitats 03 06 2014 COALITION PARTNERS APPLAUD PASSAGE OF RESTORE ACT IN TAMPA Legislation will help rebuild Florida s ecosystems and economy 07 18 2012 COALITION PARTNERS JOIN SENATOR BILL NELSON TO DISCUSS RESTORE ACT Recently signed into law the RESTORE Act will help rebuild the Gulf Region s ecosystems and economy 07 13 2012 COALITION PARTNERS APPLAUD PASSAGE OF RESTORE ACT Legislation will help rebuild Florida s ecosystems and economy 07 02 2012 FWF Conservation Update Congress

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  • one of only two constitutionally mandated agencies in the nation FWC is charged with managing fish and wildlife resources for their long term sustainability and well being and for the benefit of the people FWF was successful in spearheading the state wide voter initiative to amend the Florida Constitution to incentivize private landowners to permanently protect their properties through conservation easements Protecting both public and private lands is critical to preserving habitat for wildlife We also advocate for clean air clean water and sustainable wildlife habitat Fish And Wildlife Related Articles Florida Panthers to Get Life Saving Fence In Response to FWF Study FDOT to Fence Stretch of Alligator Alley Deadly to Panthers 11 05 2015 Injunction Seeks to Restore Money to State s Conservation Land Buying Fund In a legal filing today the Florida Wildlife Federation and three other citizen groups are seeking an injunction to stop state officials from diverting the state s conservation land buying fund to pay for other state functions 08 28 2015 Florida Wildlife Federation Establishes Matching Grant for Donations to Florida s Water and Land Legacy Campaign Federation will contribute one dollar to campaign for every two dollars donated 10 01 2014 Florida First District Court of Appeals upholds Net Limitation Florida Wildlife Federation filed an Amicus brief to support the constitutional amendment and is pleased that the court upheld provision to conserve our marine resources 07 07 2014 Little Fish Make Big Fish Managing Forage Species Forage fish are those little fish that swim in schools in our saltwaters As with all ecosystems our seas and coastal waters need to have all parts of the food chain intact to thrive and be sustainable 02 27 2014 Scientists Link Climate Change and Gray Snapper Spread Via The Fishing Wire This latest study by

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  • Advocating renewable Clean Energy
    Wildlife News Publication How to Help Support Us Membership Sweepstakes FWF Partners Affiliate Organizations Conservation Allies Friends Donations of Stock Special Donations Programs FWF Photo Contest Create A Wildlife Habitat GreenStar Certification Sweepstakes FWF Scholarship Fund Northern Harrier Tim Harrell St Marks National Wildlife Refuge Advocating renewable Clean Energy As a member of the Florida Business Network for a Clean Energy Economy FWF continues to believe a carbon market would aid our agricultural sector and help stem global warming FWF continues to focus on state and federal policy options to reduce greenhouse emissions FWF is committed to implementing recommendations established under Florida s 2008 Energy and Climate Change Action Plan and enacting strong federal energy and climate policy These efforts will significantly reduce the state s and nation s global warming pollution promote cleaner safer energy resources and provide dedicated funding for safeguarding our natural systems and human communities in an era of climate change Clean Energy Related Articles Plan must combine clean energy conservation Op ed Written by Thomas B Evans Jr FWF Director Nov 30 2012 Delaware Voice 12 12 2012 NEW STUDY SHOWS POLICIES NOT ECONOMY DRIVE CARBON REDUCTIONS Existing Local State and Federal Policies Not Cheap

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  • Everglades Restoration
    as a strong proponent of a unified effort to restore the Greater Everglades Ecosystem the Federation advocates for abundant and clean water flow the elimination of harmful exotic species and the rational public use of this unique treasure By strongly backing the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan CERP and the Central Everglades Planning Project CEPP FWF supports state and federal involvement in returning the Glades to its historic grandeur Millions of Floridians depend upon the Everglades for water and the movement of water southward from Lake Okeechobee is essential to maintaining this supply The protection of private ranchlands in the Kissimmee River Valley will lessen pollution and increase water flows to the river the Lake and eventually to Florida Bay provide open space aid agriculture and provide wildlife habitats Additionally water quantity and pollution issues impacting the Indian River Lagoon and the Caloosahatchee River must be addressed While the Everglades restoration issue is highly complex its success is critical for the environmental and economic sustainability of all of South Florida Everglades Restoration Related Articles Injunction Seeks to Restore Money to State s Conservation Land Buying Fund In a legal filing today the Florida Wildlife Federation and three other citizen groups are seeking an injunction to stop state officials from diverting the state s conservation land buying fund to pay for other state functions 08 28 2015 Florida Wildlife Federation Establishes Matching Grant for Donations to Florida s Water and Land Legacy Campaign Federation will contribute one dollar to campaign for every two dollars donated 10 01 2014 Obama Administration Announces Additional 80 Million in Everglades Restoration Over 1 5 Billion Invested in the Everglades Since 2009 USDA To Fund Fourth Year of Easements for Water Quality Wildlife Habitat Improvements in the Northern Everglades Watershed 07 15 2012 HELP OUR WETLANDS BY

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