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Lake Toho treatment areas

February 16, 2016 

The FWC’s Invasive Plant Management Section will treat a total of 1,030 acres of hydrilla on this Osceola County lake. The treatment will help boaters navigate the lake, aid in flood protection and prevent encroachment by hydrilla on native plants. 

Barracuda, anemone workshops; plan to attend today

February 16, 2016 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting several south Florida workshops in February to gather public input on barracuda and anemones. These workshops are free and open to anyone interested in participating. 

Flooding prompts activation of new Santa Fe idle-speed, no-wake zone

February 15, 2016 

Because of recent rains and rising water levels, the Santa Fe River’s new Zone 8 is now above 17 feet, activating the idle-speed, no-wake zone. Zone 8 begins at an unnamed island located approximately 4.25 miles upstream from the confluence of the Santa Fe and Ichetucknee rivers (coordinates: 29° 54.527’ N, 82° 46.074’ W) and ends at the confluence of the Suwannee and Santa Fe rivers. This includes the Ichetucknee River upstream to the U.S. 27 Bridge.  

Suwannee, Santa Fe divided into new idle-speed, no-wake zones

February 15, 2016 

Four independent idle-speed flood zones on the Santa Fe River and the removal of restrictions on two remote stretches of the lower Suwannee River have been approved. 

Hunter safety course offered in Miami-Dade County

February 12, 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. 

FWC recognizes Helen Roth, Florida Land Steward Landowner of the Year

February 11, 2016 

Helen Roth, a Gadsden County landowner, is the 2015 Florida Land Steward Landowner of the Year. The FWC recognized her Feb. 11 for the honor bestowed on her by the Florida Land Steward partnership and for her dedicated work as a private landowner conserving Florida wildlife and habitat. 

FWC working with private landowners to conserve wildlife

February 11, 2016 

To learn more about private land partnerships and the FWC’s Landowner Assistance Program visit MyFlorida.com/lap. 

FWC approves new freshwater bass conservation measures

February 11, 2016 

Anglers will be allowed to keep smaller, more abundant largemouth bass. Length limits for black bass species will be changed and many specific rules for different water bodies will be eliminated. 

FWC considers modifying 2016 Gulf recreational red snapper season

February 10, 2016 

The newly proposed season would be open Saturdays and Sundays in May starting May 7. On May 28, the season would open continuously through July 10. Finally, the season would reopen for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in September and October, and on Labor Day. This would provide for a 78-day season in Gulf state waters. 

FWC approves gag, black grouper size limit; gag season changes

February 10, 2016 

These changes are expected to go into effect prior to June 1 recreational season opening and will be announced on MyFWC.com and via a press release. 

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