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FWC gives preliminary approval to changes in Collier County manatee zones

November 17, 2016 

The FWC’s recommendations for changes to Collier County’s manatee zones are based on recent data collected from manatee surveys, deaths and habitat use, as well as boat use data in area waters. 

FWC approves historic plan to conserve imperiled species

November 17, 2016 

At its meeting in St. Petersburg, the FWC approved the Imperiled Species Management Plan, a capstone on five years of work developing the plan, and over a decade of revising the listing process. 

FWC sets new barracuda size limits for south Florida

November 17, 2016 

These changes will apply in state and federal waters off Collier, Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Martin counties only. 

FWC crowns Lionfish King; celebrates removal of more than 111,000 lionfish

November 17, 2016 

The FWC, at the Nov. 17 meeting in St. Petersburg, presented a custom-made, mounted metal lionfish trophy to the FWC’s first-ever Lionfish King, David Garrett. 

Hogfish conservation measures and boundaries set

November 17, 2016 

Hogfish is overfished and undergoing overfishing in the Florida Keys and east Florida. Federal law requires the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to end overfishing immediately and implement a 10-year rebuilding plan. 

Gulf gray triggerfish 2017 recreational season conservation measure approved

November 17, 2016 

The gray triggerfish recreational season will remain closed Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2017, in Gulf state waters. 

FWC’s TrophyCatch program receives national award

November 17, 2016 

The FWC TrophyCatch program received the 2016 Aquatic Education Outstanding Sport Fish Restoration Project of the Year award from the Fisheries Administration Section of the American Fisheries Society. 

FWC approves unprecedented effort to protect vulnerable Florida wildlife

November 16, 2016 

At its November meeting, the FWC approved a proposal to designate 13 new Critical Wildlife Areas and improve five existing CWAs. 

FWC to meet Nov. 16-17 in St. Petersburg

November 10, 2016 

The FWC will meet Nov. 16-17 at the University of South Florida Student Center in St. Petersburg. The meeting starts at 8:30 a.m. Both sessions are open to the public and the public will be provided opportunities to speak.  

FWC using public input to improve Critical Wildlife Area proposals

September 12, 2016 

The FWC continues to move forward with an unprecedented initiative to conserve some of Florida’s most vulnerable wildlife by designating and modifying Critical Wildlife Areas throughout Florida.  

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