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FWC Osprey Regulation Changes

Effective as of March 2, 2017, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has implemented Rule 68A-16.003 F.A.C. in relation to nest removal permits for inactive, non-listed species nests which includes osprey nests. The new rule eliminates the need for a FWC permit for on-site destruction of an inactive nest (a nest that does not contain eggs or flightless young) of non-listed birds which are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The rule does not provide authorization for birds listed in Rule 68A-27 F.A.C. (federal and state listed species) or Rule 68A-16.002 F.A.C. (bald eagles). Accordingly, on-site destruction of inactive non-listed migratory bird nests is currently permitted by rule and no longer requires a FWC permit. An FWS and FWC permit is still required for removal of any bald eagle and/or listed species nests, including osprey nests located in Monroe County only.


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