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Participation in the Gulf Reef Fish Survey is improving fisheries management

June 15, 2018 

The purpose of the Gulf Reef Fish Survey is to provide timely and precise data to state and federal agencies that are responsible for managing reef fish and making decisions that impact recreational anglers in Florida.  

FWC to meet June 19-20 in Sarasota

June 12, 2018 

The FWC will meet June 19-20 at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236. Meetings both days are open to the public. 

Lionfish Challenge 2018 update

June 11, 2018 

The Lionfish Challenge rewards lionfish harvesters with prizes for their lionfish removals, tagged or not. The tagged lionfish component is new this year and includes cash prizes up to $5,000. 

Bay scallop season opens June 16 in Dixie County and a portion of Taylor County

June 11, 2018 

The 2018 recreational bay scallop season for Dixie County and a portion of Taylor County opens June 16 and will remain open through Sept. 10.  

FWC restores aquatic habitat on Lake Istokpoga

June 04, 2018 

Thousands of aquatic plants will be transplanted into Lake Istokpoga to help restore this popular shallow-water bass fishing lake in Highlands County. 

FWC offers additional BearWise funding to reduce conflicts

June 04, 2018 

The FWC will focus on providing funding to local governments with BearWise ordinances that require residents and businesses to keep garbage secure from bears.  

Recreational red snapper season starts June 11 in Gulf state and federal waters

June 04, 2018 

The recreational red snapper season will start June 11 in Gulf state and federal waters and remain open through July 20, closing July 21.  

Everglades National Park and FWC to Expand Python Removal Efforts

May 31, 2018 

Everglades National Park and the FWC are partnering to expand the park’s Python Removal Authorized Agent Program by allowing paid FWC contractors to remove pythons in Everglades National Park.  

FWC investigating freshwater turtle die-off in central Florida

May 30, 2018 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is investigating a die-off of freshwater turtles and is asking the public to assist by providing information.  

Critical Wildlife Area signs go up in southwest Florida

May 15, 2018 

The FWC is installing in-water markers around CWAs in southwest Florida. Alafia Banks CWA in Hillsborough County, and Myakka River CWA and Roberts Bay CWA in Sarasota County, have new signs alerting boaters to the status of these islands.  

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