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FWC releases new videos to help Florida residents avoid conflicts with bears

August 31, 2017 

These videos are designed to help educate the public about how to safely coexist with bears in Florida. 

Oyster conservation measures implemented in St. Andrews Bay

August 30, 2017 

These changes affect all state waters of St. Andrews Bay in Bay County. 

Apalachicola Bay commercial oyster conservation changes remain in effect for upcoming season

August 30, 2017 

These changes are effective in all of Apalachicola Bay, including all waters of Indian Lagoon in Gulf County.  

Snook season starts Sept. 1

August 29, 2017 

A snook permit, as well as a recreational saltwater license, is required unless the angler is exempt from the recreational license requirements.  

Labor Day weekend is perfect for Gulf reef fishing; last weekend for red snapper, first weekend for gray triggerfish

August 29, 2017 

The 2017 recreational red snapper season in both Gulf state and federal waters will close for the year on Sept. 5. Also during Labor Day weekend, the limited fall gray triggerfish season will start ramping up in Gulf state waters.  

Public meeting to address managing aquatic plant life on Lake Okeechobee

August 29, 2017 

The FWC will hold a public meeting from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 31, at the Clewiston Youth Center to address the management of aquatic plants on Lake Okeechobee. 

Gag grouper fall season opens in Gulf 4-county region

August 25, 2017 

The Gulf of Mexico gag grouper recreational season in state waters off Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties will be open for harvest Sept. 1 through Dec. 31.  

Spotted seatrout workshop can now be attended online/on-demand

August 24, 2017 

Learn more about the current stock assessment of this species and tell the FWC how you’d like to see this fishery managed in the future.  

Help hatchlings home by leaving them alone

August 22, 2017 

Sea turtle hatchlings are small and appear helpless, so people may make the mistake of thinking they need assistance getting to the water. But you can help hatchlings home by leaving them alone. 

Hogfish recreational season remains open in state waters

August 22, 2017 

Hogfish recreational harvest will close in federal waters off Florida’s Atlantic and southern Gulf coasts Aug. 24, but state waters will remain open.  

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FWC Facts:
Black bears may look slow because they walk flat on their feet (called plantigrade) like people and travel with a shuffling gait, but they can run as fast as 30 miles an hour.

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