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Gag grouper recreational harvest closes in most Gulf waters in early December

November 30, 2015 

Gag grouper will close for recreational harvest in most Gulf of Mexico state waters Dec. 4, with the last day of harvest being Dec. 3. All Gulf federal waters will close Dec. 3, with the last day of harvest being Dec. 2. 

Snook harvest seasonal closure in Gulf starts Dec. 1

November 25, 2015 

The recreational harvest season for snook closes Dec. 1 in Gulf state and federal waters, including Monroe County and Everglades National Park, and will remain closed through Feb. 29, 2016, reopening to harvest March 1, 2016. Snook can continue to be caught and released during the closed season. 

FWC rescues orphaned panther kitten in Collier County

November 24, 2015 

The female kitten was likely orphaned when her mother was struck and killed by a vehicle on U.S. 41 near Collier-Seminole State Park. FWC staff took the kitten to the new rehabilitation facility at the Naples Zoo. 

Have fun helping wildlife, wild places when holiday shopping

November 24, 2015 

This holiday season, consider gifts to show your support of wildlife and help carry on the tradition of spending time with family and friends on Florida’s beautiful beaches, waterways and wildlife conservation areas.  

Learn a hobby at free Women’s Fishing Clinic in Pensacola!

November 20, 2015 

Learn the skills to successfully cast your line into the sea by attending the FWC's Women’s Fishing Clinic in Pensacola on Dec. 5. Lessons include knot tying, cast netting, rod and reel rigging, how to be a responsible marine resource steward, marine fish and habitat identification, catch-and-release techniques and more. 

FWC approves Gulf greater amberjack conservation measures

November 19, 2015 

Greater amberjack will close to harvest in state waters on Saturday, Nov. 21 and will remain closed through Dec. 31. It closed to harvest in Gulf federal waters Sept. 28. Both state and federal waters will reopen Jan. 1, 2016.  

FWC biologist receives prestigious wildlife conservation award recognizing young professional

November 19, 2015 

Claire Sunquist Blunden, an FWC employee since 2010, has received the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies’ 2015 Mark J. Reeff Memorial Award that recognizes a young professional for outstanding service in the conservation of fish and wildlife resources. 

FWC approves Atlantic gray triggerfish size, bag limit changes

November 19, 2015 

The new 12-inch size limit and 10-fish recreational bag limit will be in effect until Oct. 31, 2016. A stock assessment on Atlantic gray triggerfish is expected to be completed in 2016.  

FWC designates new Critical Wildlife Area to protect nesting birds in southwest Florida

November 19, 2015 

The FWC has designated a sandbar in Collier County, known as “Second Chance,” as a Critical Wildlife Area. The island, which is part of a larger shoal complex, is an important nesting site for Wilson’s plovers and state-listed least terns and black skimmers. 

Florida plan conserving 57 imperiled fish and animals ready for public comment

November 19, 2015 

The plan combines managing the specific needs of 57 imperiled species with a new, larger-scale strategy addressing how to help multiple fish and wildlife species thrive and survive in the habitats they share. 

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