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FWC working to trap bear in Longwood area

April 30, 2018 

The FWC is working to trap a bear in the Longwood area, and encourages everyone to use caution in the community.  

Greater amberjack season opens May 1 in Gulf state waters

April 27, 2018 

The greater amberjack recreational season in Gulf state waters will reopen to harvest May 1 and remain open through May 31. The season will reopen again Aug. 1 through Oct. 31.  

Grouper, hogfish fishing reopens May 1 in Atlantic, Monroe County waters

April 27, 2018 

The following species will reopen to recreational harvest May 1 in Florida state and federal waters of the Atlantic: hogfish; gag, black, red, yellowmouth and yellowfin grouper; scamp; red hind; rock hind; coney; and graysby.  

Media statement: FWC Commission goliath grouper update

April 26, 2018 

The FWC directed staff to continue current goliath grouper research and management, and develop a road map to direct future conservation efforts. They did not pursue a limited harvest.  

FWC approves statewide changes to tripletail and sheepshead management

April 26, 2018 

These proactive measures will help conserve both fisheries for current and future generations.  

FWC discusses Gulf red snapper management, creates Gulf Reef Fish State For-Hire program for 2018-2019

April 26, 2018 

This program will enhance management efforts by requiring for-hire operations that target or harvest certain reef fish in Gulf of Mexico state waters (excluding Monroe County) to report their intention to harvest these species.  

Media statement: FWC Commission shark update

April 25, 2018 

The FWC directed staff to continue to stay engaged on all shark-related issues and to pursue development of draft regulations for shore-based shark fishing.  

Charitable fishing teens honored by FWC

April 25, 2018 

The FWC honored six Boca Raton teens who, through their organization Fillet for Friends, have donated more than 800 pounds of fresh fish fillets to organizations that feed those in need.  

Snook to close in Gulf state and federal waters

April 23, 2018 

Snook will close to all harvest in Gulf state, federal and inland waters, including all of Monroe County and Everglades National Park, starting May 1.  

Families invited to free Outdoor Experience at Beau Turner Youth Conservation Center

April 23, 2018 

Enjoy fun outdoor activities Saturday, April 28, at the 2018 Outdoor Experience, a free family event hosted at the Beau Turner Youth Conservation Center.  

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