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  • Gulf Recreational Red Snapper Workshops: The FWC has scheduled a series of Gulf of Mexico red snapper recreational stakeholder workshops beginning in late July to discuss state and federal management of recreational red snapper, and to explore potential future approaches to managing this fishery. Learn more.
  • Attention Dive Shop Owners: Help us educate others about the lionfish issue by featuring our lionfish brochure in your shop. Send your mailing address to Saltwater@MyFWC.com and we will send you our newest Lionfish brochure, packed with information on the lionfish invasion. Be sure to send a count of how many you would like to recieve. Get a peek at what the brochure looks like. Lionfish BrochureAdobe PDF
  • FWC Commission Update -The FWC Commission discussed several marine fisheries management issues at the June 18 meeting in Fort Myers and approved several changes including: lionfish management changes, the creation of a Gulf Reef Fish Data Reporting System, the elimination of several localized regulations and moving rule language for commercial restricted species endorsement into FWC code. Learn more.
  • Atlantic Federal Red Snapper Season: The 2014 federal Atlantic red snapper recreational season will be 8 days, consisting of weekend openings beginning July 11. The first two open weekends will be Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (July 11, 12, and 13, and July 18, 19, and 20). The last open weekend will be Friday and Saturday (July 25 and 26). The bag limit in federal waters will be one fish per person per day and there is no minimum size limit. FWC staff will be out collecting data during these weekends. Learn more.
  • Lionfish: Report your lionfish today by downloading the Report Florida Lionfish app on your smart device. The first 250 users will receive a Lionfish T-shirt. Learn more.
  • Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper: Learn about the 2014 seasons on our Frequently Asked Questions page.  

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Dan Ellinor with gag grouper

Dan Ellinor with a gag grouper

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FWC Facts:
It is common for closely related species such as bluegill (bream) and redear sunfish (shellcracker) to hybridize or spawn with each other.

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