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Goliath grouper in-person workshops scheduled for October; online workshops also available

October 05, 2017 

. The FWC is seeking input on goliath grouper management, including the possibility of a limited harvest in Florida state waters.  

Share your bay scallop input with the FWC; workshops scheduled for October

October 05, 2017 

The goal of these workshops is to gather input on the bay scallop fishery, including whether this year’s staggered season was more enjoyable and whether it had any economic impact on the coastal communities that depend upon this fishery.  

Reminder: Gulf County bay scallop season closes Oct. 9

October 05, 2017 

Learn more about and comment on the future management of bay scallops at a bay scallop workshop 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. ET Oct. 12 in Port St. Joe at the Robert M. Moore Administration Building, 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd.  

Stone crab claw season opens Oct. 15 in state, federal waters

October 04, 2017 

To ensure this valuable resource is available for generations to come, take care when removing crab claws and follow all conservation-based management guidelines for stone crab harvest.  

Orange Lake management activities update presentation to be held Oct. 17

October 04, 2017 

A public meeting to present an update on management activities performed at Orange Lake under last year’s work plan and to discuss the draft work plan for the upcoming year is scheduled for Oct. 17. 

Florida’s recreational and commercial saltwater fishing industries are open for business

October 04, 2017 

The FWC is reminding residents and visitors that, despite the effects of Hurricane Irma, recreational and commercial saltwater fishing operations are reopening for business. 

Hunter safety courses offered in 4 counties

October 04, 2017 

Those interested in attending a course can register online and obtain information about future hunter safety classes at or by calling the FWC’s regional office in West Palm Beach at 561-625-5122. 

And the winners are…FWC announces Lionfish Challenge recreational and commercial winners

October 03, 2017 

Ken Ayers Jr. of Panama City took home the recreational Lionfish King award with a total of 1,250 lionfish harvested. Joshua Livingston of Destin became Florida’s first Commercial Champion for his efforts in removing 4,560 pounds of lionfish.  

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FWC Facts:
White and brown shrimp depend on estuaries as nursery habitats, leaving when they reach 4-5 inches in length. This “shrimp run” occurs in late summer or early fall.

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