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PHOTO RELEASE: FWC, partners discuss enhanced support for continued red tide response

October 31, 2018 

FWC and Florida Department of Environmental Protection leadership met with county partners to discuss continued red tide response, including enhanced testing efforts, technology and equipment to support impacted communities. 

Help plan the future of Andrews Wildlife Management Area

October 26, 2018 

FWC staff will present the draft land management plan for the FWC-managed Andrews WMA, and people will be encouraged to comment and ask questions.  

Greater amberjack closes Nov. 1 in Gulf state and federal waters

October 26, 2018 

Seasonal harvest closures help conserve Florida’s valuable greater amberjack population and improve this fishery for the future. 

Hogfish recreational season closes Nov. 1 in Keys/east Florida state waters

October 26, 2018 

This closure includes all state waters south of Cape Sable, which is on the Gulf side of Florida, and up the Atlantic coast. The Keys/east Florida hogfish season runs from May 1 through Oct. 31.  

FWC restores aquatic habitat on Kissimmee Chain of Lakes

October 25, 2018 

About 744 acres of cattail, pickerelweed, water lily and water primrose will be treated on lakes Tohopekaliga (Toho), Kissimmee, Cypress, Hatchineha, Jackson and Marian. 

FWC restores aquatic habitat on Lake Kissimmee

October 22, 2018 

Approximately 52 acres of aquatic plants on the lake’s eastern shoreline will be removed. Water lilies and other invasive aquatic plant species have increased substantially there, shading out native grasses, impeding navigation and decreasing angler opportunities.  

FWC reminds residents in panther country to take steps to protect small livestock

October 18, 2018 

Because of recent incidents of Florida panthers taking livestock and pets in Golden Gates Estates in Collier County, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is advising residents in the area to take the necessary precautions to properly shelter animals such as goats, sheep, calves, pigs, donkeys and chickens. 

You’re invited to MarineQuest 2018!

October 16, 2018 

The public is invited to learn about Florida’s fish, wildlife and their habitats on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at FWRI’s headquarters in downtown St. Petersburg, 100 Eighth Ave. SE. MarineQuest is a free, family-friendly event.  

Hunter safety internet-completion courses offered in November

October 16, 2018 

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 Lake City at 386-758-0525. 

FWC restores aquatic habitat on Orange Lake

October 08, 2018 

About 160 acres of willows and invasive exotic sedge and floating tussocks will be administered treatment, which will improve habitat for waterfowl and restore conditions favorable for the fishery in the lake near Gainesville in Alachua County.  

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