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Two of Florida's riverine black basses tie for state record

March 31, 2015 

The state record for shoal bass was broken not once but twice during March by anglers Tucker Martin and Jamie Coleman. 

Get outdoorsy with the new Guy Harvey hard-card license

March 31, 2015 

Due to popular demand, the FWC is selling $4 hard-card licenses to those purchasing one-year licenses. The new licenses feature art donated by Guy Harvey. 

Free fishing derby for youth at Tenoroc Fish Management Area

March 27, 2015 

The FWC is sponsoring a free youth freshwater fishing derby at Tenoroc Fish Management Area and Youth Conservation Center in Lakeland on April 4, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. No fishing license is required on this particular weekend but participants must preregister for the derby. 

FWC conservation measures in place for unique American eels

March 27, 2015 

A 9-inch minimum size limit for American eels harvested in Florida (commercially or recreationally) and a recreational bag limit of 25 eels per angler per day is now in effect.  

Bat maternity season starts April 15

March 26, 2015 

For bats that roost in structures such as houses and other buildings, guidelines have been developed to more effectively and safely exclude bats when it is not their maternity season in Florida.  

Free hunter safety Internet-completion course offered in Broward County

March 25, 2015 

The course will be held at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, 200 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach on April 4 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

FWC deactivates Zone 5 boating restrictions on Santa Fe River

March 25, 2015 

The FWC lifted the idle-speed, no-wake restriction on Zone 5, which runs from River Rise in O’Leno State Park west to the confluence of the Suwannee River. This 32-mile segment is an idle-speed, no-wake zone when the Santa Fe River reaches 17 feet, as indicated on the Three Rivers gauge, where flood stage is 19 feet. 

Give Florida’s beach-nesting shorebirds space to help them survive

March 24, 2015 

The FWC asks beachgoers to watch out for and avoid disturbing beach-nesting shorebirds on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the state. Shorebirds build nests out of sand and shells on Florida beaches in spring and summer, hatching chicks that are difficult to see.  

4 Florida counties open April 1 to gag grouper recreational harvest

March 24, 2015 

State waters off the coast of Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties will open to recreational harvest of gag grouper starting April 1. 

Spiny lobster season closes April 1

March 24, 2015 

The spiny lobster recreational and commercial season closes to harvest in state and federal waters starting April 1 and will reopen Aug. 6.  

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