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Audubon and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission ask boaters and beachgoers statewide to help coastal birds this Memorial Day Weekend

May 25, 2016 

This Memorial Day Weekend, the FWC and Audubon are reminding Floridians to share our beaches and islands with rare and declining species of waterbirds that are currently nesting statewide.  

Atlantic snook to close in state and federal waters

May 23, 2016 

The recreational harvest of snook in Atlantic state and federal waters will close on June 1. Snook will reopen for harvest in Atlantic state and federal waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River, on Sept. 1.  

Fernandina free Kids’ Saltwater Fishing Clinic rescheduled

May 19, 2016 

The FWC Kids’ Saltwater Fishing Clinic scheduled for May 21 in Fernandina has been postponed due to inclement weather. The event will be rescheduled for June 11 at Fort Clinch State Park, 2601 Atlantic Ave.  

Bay scallop workshops scheduled May 24 and June 13

May 18, 2016 

Workshops to gather public input on this summer’s bay scallop season in St. Joseph Bay will be held May 24 and June 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. EDT at the Capital City Bank conference room in Port St. Joe.  

A whopping 8,089 lionfish removed off Pensacola, state size record broken, during second Lionfish Day

May 18, 2016 

In Pensacola, 8,089 lionfish were removed in only two days at the Gulf Coast Lionfish Coalition Tournament. At FWC supported events statewide that weekend and leading up to that weekend, another 5,978 lionfish were removed for a total of 14,067 statewide. 

Davis Lake project to improve fish and wildlife habitat

May 18, 2016 

Davis Lake, part of the Tsala Apopka chain of lakes near Inverness in Citrus County, is the site of a project being conducted to improve fish and wildlife habitat, as well as water circulation, in the marsh.  

Exotic Pet Amnesty Day set for May 14 in Kissimmee

May 10, 2016 

People can surrender their exotic pets at the event without penalty or cost, whether they are being kept legally or illegally. The Exotic Pet Amnesty program helps to reduce the number of nonnative species being released into the wild.  

Stone crab season closes May 16

May 09, 2016 

The commercial and recreational harvest of stone crab claws in Florida closes on May 16, with the last day of harvest on May 15. Stone crab season will reopen on Oct. 15.  

Sturgeon collision on Suwannee injures Alachua man

May 09, 2016 

Ronald Dick was up river from Manatee Springs when a 4- to 5-foot sturgeon leapt out of the water and into the boat, striking the man, knocking him unconscious, according to FWC officers.  

Fish don’t talk, but we can

May 02, 2016 

It's critical that FWC staff and stakeholders, such as freshwater anglers and boaters, collaborate to ensure the use of the most appropriate fisheries management practices.  

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