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Lionfish beware: FWC approves two-part lionfish removal effort for 2016

April 14, 2016 

At its April 13 meeting, the FWC approved a two-part lionfish plan to further encourage removals of the invasive species in 2016. The initiative will include a statewide reward program that will expand upon 2015 efforts and a Panhandle Pilot Program.  

Red drum bag limit lowered to 1 fish in northwest Florida starting May 1

April 14, 2016 

At its April 13 meeting, the FWC approved a measure to lower the recreational red drum daily bag limit in the northwest red drum management zone (Escambia County through Fred Howard Park near Pasco County) from two fish to one fish per person. This change will go into effect Sunday, May 1.  

FWC Commissioners provide direction on potential changes to venomous reptile regulations

April 14, 2016 

At its April 14 meeting the FWC approved further action by FWC staff to work with a Technical Advisory Group, industry experts and others to refine proposed changes to existing rules, including a possible venomous reptile classification system, then return at a future meeting with a draft rule for the Commission to consider.  

Hunter safety courses offered in five counties

April 14, 2016 

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. 

Python Challenge™ and other tools help FWC manage conflict wildlife

April 14, 2016 

At its April meeting, staff provided the FWC with an update on efforts to manage conflict wildlife, including a summary of the recent 2016 Python Challenge™.  

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FWC Facts:
Biologists estimate 10,000-14,000 sturgeon live in the Suwannee River. Adult populations in other Gulf Coast rivers range from a few hundred to about 2,000.

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