EVERGLADES PATROL comes from a law enforcement officer with the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission
who here provides his experiences in the Florida Everglades, reflecting on a thirty-year career during which he saw the Glades move from a frontier wilderness to one nearly ruined by the Army Corps of Engineers.
About that time, the Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission
(now Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission), which had operated its own spray crews to control invasive aquatic plants, relinquished the program to the Department of Natural Resources (now Department of Environmental Protection).
Wildlife Officer Mark Hollinhead of the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission
was on patrol on Lake Okeechobee when a rapidly approaching cold front turned the calm water into a sea of froth.
The Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission (or GFC) was created in 1943 as an independent constitutional agency.
Unlike rules of the Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, the MFC's rules are subject to both the Administrative Procedures Act and final approval by the Governor and Cabinet sitting as the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund.(22) The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) implements regulation of marine endangered species like sea turtles.(23) The Florida Marine Patrol, housed within the DEP, handles enforcement for both the DEP and the MFC, while the Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission has its own wildlife officers.
Captain Wayne King, of Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission
said: "Normally they eat snakes, turtles, racoons and other small varmints."
According to Allan Woodward, alligator research biologist with the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission
, "The survival rate of alligator eggs in Lake Apopka is 15 to 20 percent, while in other Florida lakes it's 50 to 60 percent."
But a few months ago, he and Mike Dunbar, a veterinarian with the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission
in Gainesville, decided to investigate whether estrogenic contaminants might also be contributing to these reproductive problems.
Holcomb, Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission
; personal communication) and Australia (Barlow, 1984; Barlow and Lisle, 1987) also examined L.