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Latest News

Proposal to Extend Commercial Fishing - Public Comment Period


The refuge is recommending an extension of commercial fishing for an additional 10 years. Public review and comment period ends March 30, 2018.
To comment:
email MerrittIsland@fws.gov, fax 321-861-1276,
mail to Merritt Island NWR, PO Box 2683, Titusville, FL 32781,
or deliver to Merritt Island NWR Headquarters, Commercial Harvesting Proposal, 1963 Refuge HQ Road, Titusville, FL 32780 (5 miles east of Titusville on SR 402).
Please include your name with your comments. Please note that all comments become part of the official public record.
Requests for such comments will be handled in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act and Service and Department of the Interior policies and procedures.

Compatibility Determination for Review

Fee Free Days!


Get outside and enjoy some of the country’s most magical places – America’s national wildlife refuges will offer free admission on these days in 2018.

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Found Wildlife


Have you found a baby bird in your yard? See an injured bird on the road? Racoons in your attic?

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Duck Stamp


Duck Stamps are pictorial stamps produced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. They are not valid for postage. Created in 1934 as federal licenses required for hunting migratory waterfowl, Federal Duck Stamps have a much larger purpose today.

Duck Stamp Program

About the Complex

Merritt Island Complex

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Merritt Island Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

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