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Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day Sept. 24

September 23, 2016 

Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day with the FWC Saturday, Sept. 24, by getting outdoors and appreciating the contributions to conservation and wildlife that hunters and anglers make daily.  

Burmese python hatchlings seen on Key Largo:

September 22, 2016 

One 18-inch-long Burmese python was found on Aug. 2, 2016, in Key Largo, and a second similar-sized python was found on Aug. 3 in the same location. A third hatchling was found on Aug. 23 in north Key Largo.  

FWC land manager receives award from Cabinet

September 22, 2016 

Tina Hannon, a biologist at the FWC's Three Lakes WMA, received the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Resource Manager of the Year award at the Governor and Cabinet’s Sept. 20 meeting in Tallahassee. 

Gone Coastal column is back in action with a few new friends

September 21, 2016 

Have a burning question about marine fisheries regulations? Want to know more about catch-and-release? We are here for you. Send your questions, photos, and fishing tales to Saltwater@MyFWC.com.  

FWC: As autumn approaches, bears across Florida become more active

September 20, 2016 

Floridians should be extra vigilant in securing potential food sources around their homes and businesses. 

Recreational bay scallop season closes Sept. 25

September 19, 2016 

The 2016 recreational season for bay scallops will close Sunday, Sept. 25. The final day of harvesting is Saturday, Sept. 24, bringing an end to the season statewide.  

Exotic Pet Amnesty Day set for Sept. 24 in Fort Walton Beach

September 19, 2016 

People can surrender their exotic pets at the event without penalty or cost, whether they are being kept legally or illegally. The Exotic Pet Amnesty program helps to reduce the number of nonnative species being released into the wild.  

Final Population Modeling Confirms that Florida has a Robust and Growing Bear Population

September 15, 2016 

One of the nation’s leading bear scientists, Dr. Joseph D. Clark of the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Tennessee, has released the final modeling results estimating Florida’s black bear population.  

Two weeks left to qualify for the Lionfish Challenge

September 15, 2016 

The Lionfish Challenge will come to a close Sept. 30, but that is still plenty of time to take and turn in the 50 lionfish it takes to qualify in the program. Every lionfish tail submitted helps control the invasive population. 

Learn about sea turtles, practice turtle ‘Safety 101’

September 13, 2016 

The FWC recommends residents and visitors in Florida’s coastal communities follow these guidelines to help conserve sea turtles and their hatchlings: 

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