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Gulf gray triggerfish opens March 1 with new bag and size limits

February 21, 2018 

The daily bag limit will be one fish per person (previously two fish per person) and the minimum size limit will be 15 inches fork length (previously 14 inches fork length).  

Report fish and wildlife sightings with FWC’s new app

February 19, 2018 

From fish kills to exotic species, to trapped or injured wildlife, FWC Reporter connects citizens to FWC experts directly from their Apple or Android devices.  

New FWC rule prohibits feeding of wild monkeys

February 14, 2018 

The health and safety of the public is the Commission’s number one priority. Feeding wild monkeys creates an elevated risk to human health because it brings them into closer contact with people. 

FWC hosts iguana technical assistance workshops in Keys

February 12, 2018 

Workshop participants will learn how to discourage iguanas from their property, and about legal removal options and regulations pertaining to the species.  

FWC approves regional bay scallop seasons for 2018 with some changes from original proposal

February 08, 2018 

The FWC approved regionally-specific bay scallop open season dates for 2018, including a change to the season for Levy, Citrus and Hernando counties and also approved a trial bay scallop season in state waters off Pasco County.  

FWC approves draft rule to gather data from for-hire industry, discusses future of Gulf red snapper management

February 08, 2018 

The proposal would require for-hire operations that target or harvest certain reef fish in Gulf of Mexico state waters (excluding Monroe County) to report their intention to harvest these species.  

FWC approves guidelines for conserving 8 imperiled species

February 07, 2018 

The species guidelines are designed to be a tool for landowners, consultants, agency partners and other interested parties on how to conserve these eight imperiled species. 

You’re invited! More people explore nature, engage in outdoors activities at Florida WMAs

February 07, 2018 

More information about the WMAs’ 75th anniversary and the experiences that WMAs offer to Floridians and visitors all year-long can be found at MyFWC.com/WMA75. 

Reef Rangers website is renovated, ready for more lionfish hunters

February 02, 2018 

Reef Rangers is a year-round lionfish removal program where individuals and teams of divers pledge to remove lionfish from adopted reef sites of their choice.  

New Critical Wildlife Area in-water markers to be installed in Lee County

February 01, 2018 

The FWC will soon be installing in-water markers around five new Critical Wildlife Areas in Lee County: Hemp Key CWA; Broken Islands CWA; Matanzas Pass Island CWA; Big Carlos Pass CWA; and Coconut Point East CWA. 

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