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Everglades-area WMAs open to public

December 21, 2017 

The FWC). has rescinded executive orders that established special restrictions on portions of the Everglades and Francis S. Taylor and Holey Land Wildlife Management Areas. Rotenberger WMA will remain closed because of continued high-water levels. 

Construction to repair Hickory Mound Impoundment begins in January

December 21, 2017 

Beginning Jan. 2, 2018, public access will be temporarily closed on select roads and dikes of the Big Bend Wildlife Management Area’s Hickory Mound Unit due to construction to repair the Hickory Mound Impoundment area. 

Greater amberjack season set to reopen May 1 in Gulf state waters

December 21, 2017 

The greater amberjack recreational season in Gulf state waters will remain closed through April 30, and will reopen to harvest May 1-31 and Aug. 1-Oct. 31.  

Conservation group honors Florida Youth Hunting Program coordinator

December 20, 2017 

The Florida Sportsmen’s Conservation Association honored Jonathan Roberts for his efforts coordinating the Youth Hunting Program of Florida.  

Several grouper closures start Jan. 1 in Gulf and Atlantic waters

December 18, 2017 

Gag grouper will close to recreational harvest in Gulf state and federal waters Jan. 1, 2018. The same day, several species of grouper will also close to recreational and commercial harvest in Florida state waters of the Atlantic and all state waters off Monroe County. This seasonal closure includes gag, black, red, yellowmouth, and yellowfin grouper; scamp; red hind; rock hind; coney; and graysby. 

FWC endorses national strategy aimed at conserving fish, wildlife

December 18, 2017 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) in July endorsed an ambitious national strategy, presented by The Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Diverse Fish and Wildlife Resources, to conserve fish and wildlife, keep thousands of U.S. species from becoming endangered, and leave a legacy of healthy wildlife populations for future generations. 

Gulf gray triggerfish reopens March 1, 2018

December 15, 2017 

Recreational harvest of gray triggerfish will remain closed in Gulf state and federal waters through Feb. 28, 2018, reopening March 1. The season will also close June 1 through July 31.  

Seeing northern bobwhite quail on your land? Report sightings to help conservation efforts

December 14, 2017 

The information collected will be useful to biologists in the FWC’s Landowner Assistance Program, who collaborate with private landowners on the restoration of bobwhite quail habitat.  

FWC’s TrophyCatch program celebrates 5 successful seasons

December 14, 2017 

In the past five seasons, TrophyCatch has awarded prizes for the catch and release of more than 6,868 largemouth bass.  

FWC charges 3 in connection to shark dragging video

December 13, 2017 

During the course of the investigation, FWC officers confirmed numerous criminal violations, resulting in felony and misdemeanor charges.  

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