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FWC Chipola River video wins national award

August 17, 2018 

Chipola River video made by @MyFWC wins national #award #Tallahassee #Florida 

FWC expands access to boating safety exam by allowing online providers to offer courses

August 16, 2018 

Access to Florida’s Boater Education Temporary Certificate Program has been expanded, thanks to work done by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to make allowances for online course providers to offer the required courses over the internet. 

Florida’s statewide alligator harvest begins Aug. 15

August 15, 2018 

Florida’s statewide alligator harvest, nationally and internationally recognized as a model program for the sustainable use of a renewable natural resource, begins Aug. 15. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) issued more than 7,500 permits, including an additional 1,313 county-wide permits, as a method to help manage the alligator population. 

Gulf County bay scallop season opens Aug. 17

August 15, 2018 

Starting Aug. 17, state waters off Gulf County, including St. Joseph Bay, will open to bay scallop harvest. This area will remain open through Sept. 30 and includes all state waters from the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County through the westernmost point of St. Vincent Island in Franklin County. See below for more on other areas open to harvest. 

FWC biologist Kathleen Smith honored as Florida’s Resource Manager of the Year

August 14, 2018 

Kathleen Smith, a biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), has been honored with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Resource Manager of the Year award for her work at the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed Wildlife and Environmental Area in southwest Florida over the past six years. 

Hunter safety internet-completion courses offered in September

August 14, 2018 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering free hunter safety internet-completion courses in 13 counties during September (list follows). 

We need your input – East coast workshops on shore-based shark fishing start next week

August 13, 2018 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is gathering public input on shore-based shark fishing. Share your thoughts on the future management of this fishery by attending a public workshop. 

Blue crab trap closure ending early; Aug. 20-29 trap closure also cancelled

August 13, 2018 

Recreational and commercial blue crab traps may be placed back in state waters (shore to 3 nautical miles, including intracoastal waterways) from Brevard through Palm Beach counties starting Aug. 14. 

Lake Piney Z named a Top Mom-Approved Place to Fish and Boat

August 10, 2018 

After six weeks of nationwide voting, Tallahassee’s Lake Piney Z Fish Management Area was awarded fourth place in the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation’s contest to rank the Top 10 Mom-Approved Places to Fish and Boat in the nation. It was recognized for its vibrant fishery, wildlife-viewing opportunities, paddle trails, boat ramps, bike/walking trails, playground and family-friendly amenities. 

FWC receives applications for ‘BearWise’ funding

August 09, 2018 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will be providing up to $500,000 in BearWise funding to local governments to help reduce human-bear conflicts. The funding helps offset some of the costs for residents and businesses to acquire bear-resistant trash cans and dumpsters. 

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