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FWC seeks input on bay scallop long-term management solutions and announces 2019 regional season dates in most areas

December 10, 2018 

The FWC is gathering input on the bay scallop season structure for 2020 and beyond via an online survey.  

TrophyCatch awards Season 6 Phoenix bass boat package

December 06, 2018 

The FWC's TrophyCatch program awarded its Season 6 Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat and trailer, powered by a 200 hp Mercury Marine outboard, guided with a MotorGuide trolling motor and anchored with a Power-Pole, to Benjamin Porter from Jacksonville.  

FWC to meet Dec. 12-13 in St. Augustine

December 05, 2018 

The FWC will meet Dec. 12-13 at World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort, 500 S. Legacy Trail, St. Augustine, Florida 32092. Both days are open to the public. 

FWC adds new opportunities to catch a Florida Saltwater Fishing Record

December 05, 2018 

Four new species – white grunt, blueline tilefish, schoolmaster snapper and red porgy – will be added to the list of species eligible for a Florida Saltwater Fishing Record.  

FWC installs signs around Port Orange Critical Wildlife Area in Volusia County

December 04, 2018 

Port Orange CWA is closed to public access from Jan. 1 to Aug. 31 to help conserve nesting birds. The new in-water signs alert boaters and others enjoying area waterways about the CWA boundaries.  

A look at migratory bird management and hunting

December 03, 2018 

December brings cooler weather and with that comes wintering migratory birds just in time for the start of the second phase of waterfowl and coot season and the third phase of mourning and white-winged dove. 

FWC arrests individual for multiple misdemeanor, felony counts related to commercial fishing violations

November 28, 2018 

Luis Falcon committed several violations of commercial fisheries regulations, including trap and tag violations, and commercial fishing without an applicable saltwater products license (Florida’s commercial license).  

Contracted nuisance alligator trappers sought for Levy County

November 28, 2018 

To learn more about becoming a contracted nuisance alligator trapper and to apply online, visit and click on “Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program.” Applications must be received by Thursday, Dec. 13. For more information, email 

Snook harvest seasonal closure in most Gulf waters starts Dec. 1

November 27, 2018 

Snook, as well as redfish, remain catch-and-release only in state waters from the Hernando/Pasco county line through Gordon Pass in Collier County (includes Tampa Bay and Hillsborough County) through May 10, 2019, in response to the impacts of red tide. 

Wild turkey: A different twist on a Thanksgiving favorite

November 19, 2018 

An interesting culinary trend is using organic ingredients, and serving wild turkey for Thanksgiving is a delicious, clean-eating option. 

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