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Record Group Number: 000540
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Creator: Florida. Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Title, Dates: Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission record group.
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Biographical/Historical Note:     The Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission was created in 1935 (Ch. 17016, Laws of Florida) to supersede the Department of Game and Fresh Water Fish (1927, Ch. 11838, Laws).  The post of State Game and Fish Commissioner was originally created in 1913 (Ch. 6535, Laws) in the Department of Game and Fish.  In 1969, the Commission was placed under the nominal control of the Department of Natural Resources (Ch. 69-106, Laws).  In 1977, the Commission was reconstituted as an independent entity (Ch. 77-204, Laws).
    As the result of a constitutional amendment passed in the November 1998 elections, effective July 1, 1999 the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was established (Article IV, Section 9, Florida Constitution), merging the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission and the Marine Fisheries Commission into one body with responsibility for conserving the state's fresh and saltwater aquatic life and wild animal life.  Several marine-related programs administered by the Department of Environmental Protection, such as the Florida Marine Patrol, the Florida Marine Research Institute, and manatee and sea turtle programs, were also merged into the commission.

    The Commission’s mission is to manage aquatic and wild animal life and their habitats and to preserve a diversity of species distributions that provide sustained ecological, recreational, scientific, educational, cultural, and economic benefits.  The commission manages, conserves, and protects Florida’s aquatic and wild animal life for the benefit of Floridians who actively pursue fishing, hunting, and other recreational activities.

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