Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Executive Director Eric Sutton recently applauded Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for approving the budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year, which made a high priority on conservation items like red tide research and coral reef disease response and restoration.

“This year’s budget solidifies Governor DeSantis’ commitment to environmental conservation initiatives,” Sutton said. “We appreciate his bold leadership in supporting these efforts and maintaining safe, healthy ecosystems for fish and wildlife as well as residents and visitors.”

The budget does a good job in supporting marine fisheries disaster recovery and the continued management of invasive species in Florida.

The budget also provides funds for an additional 13 sworn law enforcement positions to provide enhanced patrol and public safety, and calls for the transfer of the Environmental Crimes Enforcement Unit from FWC to the Department of Environmental