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FWC restores aquatic habitat on Orange Lake

October 08, 2018 

About 160 acres of willows and invasive exotic sedge and floating tussocks will be administered treatment, which will improve habitat for waterfowl and restore conditions favorable for the fishery in the lake near Gainesville in Alachua County.  

FWC marine fisheries director Jessica McCawley named South Atlantic Fishery Management Council chair

October 05, 2018 

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is responsible for the conservation and management of fish stocks within federal waters of the Atlantic off the coasts of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and east Florida to Key West.  

FWC schedules aquatic plant control on St. Johns River

October 04, 2018 

The treatment to control invasive water hyacinth and water lettuce will be conducted on targeted areas of the river, starting south of Highway 520 and continuing north along the river until about 3 miles north of Jim’s Creek. 

**Photo Release** FWC, partners highlight technology used to research and monitor red tide

October 04, 2018 

FWC scientists at FWRI provided updates, demonstrated technology used to research and monitor naturally-occurring red tide, and highlighted the innovative public-private partnerships that support impacted communities and combat red tide. 

FWC announces winners of 2018 Lionfish Challenge

September 27, 2018 

Recreational winner and Lionfish King John McCain of Gilchrist County removed 1,137 of the lionfish. Ron Surrency of Duval County is the Commercial Champion for his removal of 5,017 pounds of lionfish (which equates to about 5,531 fish).  

Media statement: Gulf recreational gray triggerfish to close Sept. 28

September 27, 2018 

The closure will remain in effect through Dec. 31, 2018. The fishery will reopen on March 1, 2019, following the annual January – February recreational harvest closure.  

Media statement: FWC Commission shrimp fishery update

September 27, 2018 

The FWC has approved changes to commercial shrimp fishery management that will eliminate barriers to participation in the expanding live seafood market. 

Media statement: FWC Commission trap fisheries update

September 27, 2018 

The FWC has approved several changes to recreational and commercial trap fisheries rules. These changes are part of a long-term project to evaluate and improve the management of Florida’s saltwater trap fisheries.  

Gulf County bay scallop season closing Sept. 26 as a precautionary measure

September 26, 2018 

This closure is due to the presence of bloom levels of Karenia brevis, the naturally-occurring algae associated with red tide.  

Media statement: FWC Commission expands fishery management measures in response to red tide

September 26, 2018 

FWC directed staff to expand a recent catch-and-release only measure for snook and redfish to include Tampa Bay (including all of Manatee and Hillsborough counties) as well as all of Pinellas and Pasco counties starting Friday, Sept. 28.  

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