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FWC moves forward with changes to boating rules

April 28, 2010 

Proposed rule will implement a process for FWC to review, approve some local boating ordinances before they take effect.  

FWC approves Sarasota Co. manatee zone changes

April 28, 2010 

Amendments will protect manatees in Sarasota County. 

FWC amends captive wildlife rules

April 28, 2010 

All shipments of live wildlife must be properly labeled. Hobbyists won't have to demonstrate sustained, consistent commercial activity. 

FWC approves draft rules for reptiles of concern

April 28, 2010 

Reptiles on the current list of reptiles of concern in Florida may soon be reclassified as conditional species. 

FWC recognizes captain, artist for outstanding work

April 28, 2010 

Capt. Alan Richard dedicated his career of 32+ years to boating safety. The agency also recognized artist Brian Chamberlain for his beautiful wildlife paintings, sculptures. 

Grouper fishing to reopen in Atlantic, Monroe Co. waters

April 27, 2010 

The recreational and commercial harvest of shallow-water groupers (including gag, black grouper, red grouper, scamp, red hind, rock hind, coney, graysby, yellowfin grouper, yellowmouth grouper and tiger grouper) will reopen on May 1 in all Atlantic Ocean and Monroe County waters. 

Sign up for Ocala Outdoor Adventure Camp

April 23, 2010 

Do your children long to spend their summer days in the great outdoors? Would they love the chance to learn about wildlife from experts, and hike or canoe with other children their age?  

2 national wildlife refuges offer special hunts

April 22, 2010 

This fall, Northwest Florida offers some special deer and wild hog hunts at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and a unique "big-game" hunt on the island of St. Vincent NWR.  

Wildlife 'rescues' can do more harm than good

April 22, 2010 

Winter seems like a distant memory. Trees and flowers are blossoming, birds are building nests and critters are being born.  

FWC to stock Lake Trafford with 150,000 bass

April 21, 2010 

Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will stock 150,000 Florida largemouth bass fingerlings in Lake Trafford, the largest lake south of Lake Okeechobee. The 1,500-acre freshwater lake is an important resource for boating, fishing and wildlife-viewing.  

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