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Scallopers get ready, more waters open for harvest starting July 1

June 26, 2017 

Celebrate the Fourth of July with bay scallops. State waters from the westernmost point of St. Vincent Island in Franklin County through the Pasco/Hernando county line will be open for scalloping starting July 1. A span of waters in the middle from the Fenholloway River in Taylor County to the Suwannee River in Dixie County opened earlier this month on June 16 and will close on Sept. 10. 

Gag grouper recreational harvest closing in 4-county Gulf region; may reopen this fall

June 26, 2017 

Gag grouper recreational harvest will close in state waters off the coasts of Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties July 1, with the last day of harvest June 30, but that might not be your last opportunity to fish for gag grouper in state waters off these counties. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will meet July 10 in Orlando to discuss potentially expanding this season to open Sept. 1 through Dec. 31, providing additional fishing opportunities to anglers in this area. To comment on proposed gag grouper management changes, visit MyFWC.com/SaltwaterComments. Comments may also be made at the July meeting in Orlando. 

Help FWC monitor fish health by reporting fish kills

June 20, 2017 

The public can report fish kills to the FWC at MyFWC.com/FishKill or by calling the FWC Fish Kill Hotline at 800-636-0511.  

Goliath grouper workshops scheduled August through October; FWC needs your input

June 20, 2017 

Share your input and learn more about the current status of goliath grouper by attending one of these workshops.  

Anglers can take advantage of more Gulf red snapper fishing starting this weekend

June 15, 2017 

This Friday, June 16, begins the first weekend of an additional 39-day season for recreational red snapper fishing in Gulf federal waters and changes to the state season.  

FWC reminds scallopers to stay safe, recognize and use divers-down flags and buoys

June 15, 2017 

With the opening of scallop seasons fast approaching, the FWC reminds everyone engaged in this fun outdoor activity to use a divers-down warning device whenever they are snorkeling or scuba diving while searching for these tasty treats. 

High water prompts restrictions for 3 Everglades-area WMAs

June 14, 2017 

High water levels have prompted the FWC to issue an executive order temporarily restricting public access to Everglades and Francis S. Taylor, Holey Land, and Rotenberger Wildlife Management Areas.  

Snapper Season Statement

June 09, 2017 

FWC Commissioners held a call to discuss and hear public input on aligning the state waters red snapper season with a possible expanded federal waters season for private recreational anglers.  

Free Kids’ Fishing Clinic in Cape Canaveral promises day of learning, fun

June 08, 2017 

Teaching children a lifelong hobby, instilling appreciation for our marine environment and providing fun, family outings are the objectives for the Kids’ Fishing Clinic in Cape Canaveral on June 24. 

Citizen scientists needed for FWC barotrauma tool study

June 08, 2017 

The FWC is seeking volunteer anglers and charter/headboat captains to take part in a descending-device citizen science study. Descending devices are tools used to recompress the swim bladder and increase a fish’s chance of survival. 

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