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Blue crab trap closure ending early

August 25, 2016 

Recreational and commercial blue crab traps may be placed back in state waters (shore to 3 nautical miles, including intracoastal waterways) from the Georgia-Florida line through Volusia County starting tomorrow, Aug. 25.  

‘Hands off!’ is best policy for sea turtle hatchlings

August 25, 2016 

Well-meaning efforts to rescue a sea turtle hatchling by helping it leave a nest or picking it up and placing it in the ocean are not good ideas, according to FWC biologists. 

Exotic Pet Amnesty Day set for Sept. 3 in Brevard County

August 24, 2016 

The FWC and the Brevard Zoo are holding an Exotic Pet Amnesty Day event on Saturday, Sept. 3 at the Brevard Zoo. People can surrender their exotic pets at the event without penalty or cost, whether they are being kept legally or illegally.  

Aerial spraying planned to control invasive plants on St. Johns River

August 19, 2016 

The aerial spraying will be conducted by Coastal Air Service Inc. utilizing helicopters. It is scheduled for Aug. 23-26 and potentially Aug. 29, weather permitting. 

Bay scallop season in St. Joseph Bay opens Aug. 22 with bag limit changes

August 18, 2016 

Bay scallop season will open for harvest in the St. Joseph Bay area Aug. 22 and will remain open through Sept. 5, 2016. During this shortened season, the daily bag limit will be 40 scallops per person or 200 per vessel, whichever is less.  

Waste Pro and FWC team up to reduce human-bear conflicts

August 17, 2016 

The FWC and Waste Pro USA, Inc. are teaming up to help reduce human-bear conflicts in northwest Florida. Today, representatives from the two agencies met in Tallahassee to sign a Memorandum of Understanding which will solidify this partnership. 

One east coast blue crab trap closure ends early, another starts Aug. 20

August 16, 2016 

These 10-day trap closures give groups authorized by the FWC the opportunity to identify and retrieve lost and abandoned blue crab traps from the water. 

East coast blue crab trap closures start Aug. 20

August 15, 2016 

For more information regarding the FWC’s trap-retrieval program, blue crab trap closure dates, regulations and cleanup events, go to MyFWC.com/Fishing (click on “Saltwater Fishing,” then “Trap & Debris”).  

FWC concludes 14 CWA public workshops

August 15, 2016 

At the workshops, FWC staff explained how CWAs work and why they are needed, and addressed questions from attendees. The FWC will use the feedback received at these meetings to help evaluate the merits of each area for possible CWA establishment.  

FWC Aug. 18 workshop in Sebastian gives local governments ways to conserve gopher tortoises

August 11, 2016 

For more information, and to download the Gopher Tortoise Management Plan, visit MyFWC.com/GopherTortoise and click on “Management Plan.” 

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