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FWC to meet July 10-11 in Orlando

June 30, 2017 

The meeting both days starts at 8:30 a.m. and is open to the public. The public will be provided opportunities to speak on agenda items both days. 

FWC urges Fourth of July boaters to be careful, use beacons and enjoy Florida’s waterways

June 30, 2017 

The FWC urges boaters to use caution while boating on this busy holiday. Many boating accidents are caused by inattentiveness or improper lookout.  

On July 4 give space to nesting shorebirds, sea turtles

June 29, 2017 

Please respect shorebird and sea turtle areas that are posted to protect these vulnerable species, but remember not all nests are posted.  

Free Kids’ Fishing Clinic in Palm Coast promises day of learning, fun

June 29, 2017 

To find out more about fishing clinics for kids, go to MyFWC.com/Fishing and select the “Youth & Student” option under “Education.” 

Lang and Eagle lakes reopen June 30

June 29, 2017 

The two lakes were temporarily closed April 14 because of low water levels.  

Take bowhunter education course in August

June 28, 2017 

Florida bowhunters will have an opportunity to attend a National Bowhunter Education Foundation certified bowhunter education course in August in Alachua County.  

Hunter safety internet-completion courses offered in August

June 28, 2017 

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 Lake City at 386-758-0525. 

Scallopers get ready, more waters open for harvest starting July 1

June 26, 2017 

Celebrate the Fourth of July with bay scallops. State waters from the westernmost point of St. Vincent Island in Franklin County through the Pasco/Hernando county line will be open for scalloping starting July 1. A span of waters in the middle from the Fenholloway River in Taylor County to the Suwannee River in Dixie County opened earlier this month on June 16 and will close on Sept. 10. 

Gag grouper recreational harvest closing in 4-county Gulf region; may reopen this fall

June 26, 2017 

Gag grouper recreational harvest will close in state waters off the coasts of Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties July 1, with the last day of harvest June 30, but that might not be your last opportunity to fish for gag grouper in state waters off these counties. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will meet July 10 in Orlando to discuss potentially expanding this season to open Sept. 1 through Dec. 31, providing additional fishing opportunities to anglers in this area. To comment on proposed gag grouper management changes, visit MyFWC.com/SaltwaterComments. Comments may also be made at the July meeting in Orlando. 

St. Johns River to get improved manatee protection signs

June 22, 2017 

The FWC is performing routine maintenance and replacing degraded waterway signs in the existing boundaries of the manatee zones.  

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