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Hunter safety courses offered in 4 counties

May 26, 2017 

Those interested in attending a course can register online and obtain information about future hunter safety classes at MyFWC.com/HunterSafety or by calling the FWC’s regional office in West Palm Beach at 561-625-5122. 

Moving video testimonials encourage boaters to wear life jackets

May 26, 2017 

For National Safe Boating Week, the FWC is releasing compelling life jacket testimonials from three north Florida families whose lives have been changed by wearing – or not wearing – a life jacket when things went wrong on the water.  

Atlantic snook to close in state and federal waters

May 25, 2017 

The recreational harvest of snook in Atlantic state and federal waters will close on June 1. 

Gag season starts June 1 in Gulf federal and most state waters

May 25, 2017 

The minimum size limit for gag grouper in Gulf waters is 24 inches total length, and the daily bag limit is two fish per person within the four-grouper per person aggregate limit.  

FWC uncovers major alligator violations in long-term covert investigation

May 24, 2017 

During the course of the investigation, FWC undercover officers documented numerous criminal violations, resulting in the arrest of nine individuals for 44 felony violations. 

Free Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic coming up on St. George Island

May 22, 2017 

The free, day-long clinic is June 10 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the St. George Island State Park, 1900 E. Gulf Beach Drive. 

FWC seeks input on conserving Florida burrowing owls in urban landscapes

May 22, 2017 

The FWC will hold open-house style public meetings in June to provide information and gather input on the agency’s development of Conservation Measures and Permitting Guidelines for the Florida burrowing owl.  

Remember: Lionfish Challenge 2017 starts tomorrow on Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day

May 19, 2017 

The 2017 Lionfish Challenge rewards recreational and commercial lionfish harvesters for their removal efforts with prizes and incentives.  

Springtime spurs activity for Florida black bears, cubs

May 18, 2017 

TheFWC reminds the public to be aware that bears are becoming more active this time of year. There are important things people can do over the next few months to reduce negative interactions with Florida’s largest land mammal. 

Pinellas County to get new manatee protection signs

May 17, 2017 

The FWC will soon begin work to repair, clean and install waterway markers for existing boating safety and newly-established manatee protection zones in Pinellas County.  

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