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FWC approves comprehensive bear management rules

June 24, 2015 

FWC Commissioners approved several bear-related rules that address a wide variety of tools to manage bears. 

Changes to the spiny lobster commercial dive endorsement effective July 1

June 19, 2015 

These changes will provide new opportunities to enter the lobster commercial dive fishery while maintaining traditional participation levels. Allowing endorsements to be transferred will also prevent the commercial spiny lobster dive industry from eventually being phased out. 

Changes to the commercial restricted species endorsement effective July 1

June 19, 2015 

A restricted species endorsement allows commercially licensed fishermen to harvest and sell certain species. 

FWC to meet June 23-25 in Sarasota

June 16, 2015 

The Commission will meet June 23-25 in the Hyatt Regency, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota. All sessions are open to members of the public who want to attend. The half-day session Tuesday, June 23, starts at 1:30 p.m. The sessions on Wednesday and Thursday start at 8:30 a.m.  

Public invited to discuss proposed designation of Critical Wildlife Area at Cape Romano Shoals

June 12, 2015 

The FWC, in partnership with Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, is hosting two public workshops to discuss the proposed designation of a Critical Wildlife Area at Cape Romano Shoals, also known as Second Chance, located approximately nine miles south of Marco Island in Collier County.  

FWC data show increase in bear population

June 10, 2015 

In the North BMU, the study shows the black bear population estimate is more than 500 bears, more than double the estimate from 2002. In the Central BMU, the population estimate is more than 1,200 bears, an increase of nearly 30 percent over the previous estimate. 

Conservation-based oyster harvest changes to continue through summer season in Apalachicola Bay

May 29, 2015 

Many of the changes implemented last fall for the winter harvest season (Sept. 1-May 31) will continue during the summer season (June 1-Aug. 31) in Apalachicola Bay, including all waters of Indian Lagoon in Gulf County. 

Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day is May 16

May 12, 2015 

Are you ready to find out how many lionfish can be removed from Florida waters in one weekend? 

Limited commercial oyster harvest to potentially quicken recovery of Apalachicola area known as East Hole

May 05, 2015 

The Apalachicola oyster reef known as East Hole (also known as Area 1671) will open to limited commercial harvest on Thursdays starting May 7 and continuing through May 28. Open days include May 7, 14, 21 and 28.  

Red grouper bag limit changes to 2 on May 7 in Gulf state and federal waters

May 01, 2015 

The Commission hopes that this change will allow for a longer recreational red grouper season in federal waters, which closed early in 2014 because the recreational catch limit was exceeded in 2013.  

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