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Gulf state recreational red snapper season reopens Labor Day weekend

August 31, 2015 

The recreational red snapper season for Gulf state waters reopens to harvest Labor Day weekend, Sept. 5-7, and will continue to be open for Saturdays and Sundays in September and October with the last day of harvest being Sunday, Nov. 1. 

Limited harvest for snook, a premier Florida fish, starts Sept. 1

August 25, 2015 

While the fishery is already more than 90 percent catch-and-release, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) encourages anglers to continue to use moderation when determining whether or not to take a snook home.  

Near-world-record Suwannee bass live-released at Bass Pro Shops, Tallahassee

August 21, 2015 

Ferrol “Roscoe” Holley from Telogia caught the 3.75 pound, 16.5 inches long Suwannee bass while fishing on the Ochlockonee River.  

Hydrilla treatment scheduled for Orlando’s Lake Lawne

August 18, 2015 

The FWC’s Invasive Plant Management Section will treat a total of 62 acres of hydrilla along the shoreline of the lake on Wednesday, Aug. 26.  

Lake Istokpoga primrose willow maintenance treatment scheduled to start Aug. 18

August 17, 2015 

The 255-acre conservation maintenance project is a cooperative effort between the FWC and the South Florida Water Management District. 

Learn a hobby at free Women’s Fishing Clinic in Fernandina Beach

August 07, 2015 

Participants will not only take home a lifelong hobby, they will leave with a new appreciation for the marine environment. They will learn the basics of environmental stewardship, fishing ethics, angling skills, safety and the vulnerability of Florida’s marine ecosystems in a fun, laid-back atmosphere. 

Orange Lake Habitat Management Plan needs stakeholder involvement, input

August 04, 2015 

Residents, business owners and people interested in the management of Orange Lake are welcome and encouraged to attend an Aug. 18 meeting on that subject, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Grand Lake RV and Golf Resort. 

Say ‘I Do’ to getting a fishing license and helping conservation

July 30, 2015 

The “I Do” Fishing License Campaign emphasizes the fact that you don't have to fish to benefit from purchasing a Florida fishing license. Fishing is important to Florida’s economy and quality of life, and buying a fishing license is a simple way for a non-angler to support conservation. 

Spiny lobster season has added bonus this year

July 28, 2015 

This year, divers have an incentive to remove some invasive lionfish while they’re in the water. Divers can take one extra spiny lobster each day during the two-day sport season if they also harvest 10 or more lionfish first, on the same day. 

The Great Outdoors Day Free Kids’ Fishing Derby is July 25 in Kissimmee

July 21, 2015 

The derby is Saturday, July 25, from 9:30-11:00 a.m. for children ages 5-15, at the Kissimmee Civic Center Pond, 201 E. Dakin Ave., Kissimmee, FL 34741. An FWC biologist will be on hand to assist participants. Bait and fishing equipment will be provided but children are welcome to bring their own. 

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