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Record Group Number: 900000
Series/Collection Number: N2015- 9
Creator: Thompson, Kent
Title, Dates: History of Florida's fishers and enforcers research files, 1846-2015, bulk ca. 1940s-2015.
Amount: 4.50 cubic ft.
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Organization/Arrangement: By record type, then chronological.
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Biographical/Historical:     Kent Thompson served the state of Florida for 37 years as an officer and supervisor with the Florida Marine Patrol and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Thompson's background with the Florida Marine Patrol and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and subsequent book research led to the publication of his second book, The History of Florida's Fishers and Enforcers. The book explores the development of Florida's fisheries, commercial fishing and the law enforcement agencies charged with protecting Florida's natural and marine resources.

    The Florida Marine Patrol's primary objective was to police and guide the waterways off the coast of Florida. Their responsibilities included the enforcement of regulations regarding speeding, boat licensing, boating safety, drug running enforcement, recreational laws, marine and environmental laws throughout the state of Florida. The Florida Marine Patrol was first established in  the 1930s as the Shrimp Regulation Board.

    The Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission was created in 1935 (Ch. 17016, Laws) 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).

    The 1993 Legislature combined the Department of Environmental Regulation with the Department of Natural Resources into a new Department of Environmental Protection (Ch. 93-213, Laws). As the result of a constitutional amendment passed in the November 1998 elections and effective July 1, 1999, the Florida Game and Freshwater Fish Commission (FGFWC), the Marine Fisheries Commission and the Division of Marine Resources, the Florida Marine Patrol (FMP), the Florida Marine Research Institute, the manatee and sea turtle programs, and the Division of Law Enforcement of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) were merged to form the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), (Article IV, Section 9, Florida Constitution). The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is responsible for managing, regulating and conserving the state's fresh and saltwater aquatic life and wildlife resources, and enforcing related laws.

Summary:     This collection contains work files, copies of historical records, notes, drafts and related records documenting Kent Thompson's research and writing of his 2015 book, History of Florida's Fishers and Enforcers. Some of the documents used in the research and writing of his book date back to the early nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

    The records include agency manuals, correspondence with colleagues and with other agencies, memoranda, reports, and publications. The records primarily document enforcement of waterway regulations regarding speeding, boat licenses, boat safety, recreational use of water resources, drug running and confiscation enforcement. The records also document conservation of Florida's natural resources, development of water resources, control of state lands, coastal zone management, fishery management, and environmental policy.

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Subject Access Fields: Florida Marine Patrol.
Florida. Dept. of Environmental Protection.
Florida. Dept. of Natural Resources.
Florida. Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Florida. Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission.
Florida. Marine Fisheries Commission.
Boats and boating Florida
Coastal zone management Florida
Conservation of natural resources Florida
Conservation projects (Natural resources)
Environmental management Florida.
Environmental policy Florida
Fishery management Florida
Fishing nets
Wildlife conservation Florida
Wildlife management
Wildlife-related recreation Florida.
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