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  • Women and Adult Fishing Clinics scheduled for Sept. 16 and 17 in Jacksonville have been cancelled due to Hurricane Irma.
  • The announcement of the winners of the 2017 Lionfish Challenge has been postponed until further notice. The Lionfish Safari in St. Pete Sept. 9, where the winners were to be announced, has also been postponed.

Other news

  • Gray triggerfish: Recreational gray triggerfish season will open to harvest in Gulf state waters Sept. 1-4, 9 and 10 and Oct. 7, 8, 14, and 15. The season remains closed in Gulf federal waters through Dec. 31, 2017. Learn more.
  • Bay scallops: Recreational season temporarily postponed in state waters off Gulf County. Learn more.
  • Goliath grouper, spotted seatrout and bay scallop workshops scheduled. Learn more.
  • Hogfish: State and federal changes go into effect Aug. 24, 2017. Learn more.
  • Hogfish federal waters: All federal waters south of Cape Sable, around the tip of Florida, and up the Atlantic coast willclose to recreational and commercial hogish harvest starting Aug. 24. Learn more. External Website
  • Gag grouper: At the July meeting, FWC approved extending the recreational gag grouper season in state waters off Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties, by opening the season Sept. 1 through Dec. 31. Learn more. 
  • Red snapper: The recreational season in Gulf state and federal waters for private recreational anglers will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays June 16 through Sept. 4, including Monday, July 3, Tuesday, July 4, and Monday, Sept. 4. Learn more about these season changes.

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One 24-inch female red snapper can produce as many eggs as 212 17-inch females.

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