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Melt the butter; spiny lobster seasons start soon

July 20, 2016 

The 2016 spiny lobster season opens with the two-day recreational sport season July 27 and 28, followed by the regular commercial and recreational lobster season, which starts Aug. 6 and runs through March 31. 

Critical Wildlife Area workshop for Dot-Dash-Dit Islands in Manatee County rescheduled to Aug. 11

July 20, 2016 

The public workshop regarding a proposed CWA for Dot-Dash-Dit Islands in Manatee County has been rescheduled to Thursday, Aug. 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The original posted date was July 21.  

FWC requests public input at Critical Wildlife Area workshops

July 18, 2016 

CWAs are established by the FWC under a Florida Administrative Code rule to protect important wildlife concentrations from human disturbance during critical periods of their life cycles, such as breeding, feeding or migration.  

Hunter safety courses offered

July 18, 2016 

Those interested in attending a course can register online and obtain information about future hunter safety classes at MyFWC.com/HunterSafety or by calling the FWC’s regional office in Ocala at 352-625-2804. 

FWC requests public input on venomous reptile rules

July 15, 2016 

In order to effectively receive information and direction from the public, the agency has developed an online survey on SurveyMonkey.com, and will be accepting survey responses and recommendations through July 27, 2016. 

FWC July 21 workshop in Flagler County gives local governments ways to conserve gopher tortoises

July 14, 2016 

The goal of these workshops is to identify ways cities and counties can participate in protecting one of Florida’s threatened species. In addition, the FWC will discuss financial incentives available for local governments.  

City of St. Augustine partners with FWC to protect nesting shorebirds

July 13, 2016 

The City of St. Augustine is partnering with the FWC to help protect nesting shorebirds. Partnerships like this are essential in helping protect imperiled species in Florida. 

FWC July 20 workshop in Pasco County gives local governments ways to conserve gopher tortoises

July 13, 2016 

The goal of these workshops is to identify ways cities and counties can participate in protecting one of Florida’s threatened species. In addition, the FWC will discuss financial incentives available for local governments.  

FWC invites communities to submit proposals for $825,000 in bear-conflict reduction funding

July 12, 2016 

The FWC invites counties and other local governments to submit proposals so the agency can effectively distribute state funding for reducing bear conflicts in Florida communities.  

Time’s almost up to qualify for an extra spiny lobster via the Lionfish Challenge

July 12, 2016 

Fifty lionfish: That is all it takes to qualify for the Lionfish Challenge. And if you get your 50 now, you will receive a commemorative coin marking your membership and allowing you to take one extra spiny lobster per day during the two-day sport season July 27-28.  

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