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Blue crab trap closure ending early; Aug. 20-29 trap closure also cancelled

August 13, 2018 

Recreational and commercial blue crab traps may be placed back in state waters (shore to 3 nautical miles, including intracoastal waterways) from Brevard through Palm Beach counties starting Aug. 14. 

FWC waives rules in response to red tide cleanup

August 07, 2018 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) continues to monitor the red tide affecting southwest Florida. Red tides are common along Florida’s Gulf coast, and fish populations have been resilient to the impact even after severe and prolonged red tide events. 

East coast blue crab trap closures start Aug. 10

August 06, 2018 

Recreational and commercial blue crab traps must be removed from certain state waters on the east coast of Florida prior to Aug. 10, the first day of two 10-day trap closures occurring this month. 

FWC Aug. 14 workshop in Santa Rosa County encourages local governments to conserve gopher tortoises

August 03, 2018 

The goal of these workshops is to identify ways cities and counties can participate in conserving one of Florida’s threatened species. In addition, the FWC will discuss financial incentives available for local governments.  

FWC invites the public to attend 9th Annual Florida Waterfowl Summit

July 26, 2018 

The public is invited to attend the free ninth annual United Waterfowlers Florida (UW-F) and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Florida Waterfowl Summit on Aug. 10 which will focus on aquatic plant management and the challenges associated with nutrients and invasive species. The meeting will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Ballroom at the Ocala Hilton, 3600 SW 36th Ave., Ocala, FL 34474. 

Everglades and Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area reopens to public

July 19, 2018 

Temporarily restricting access to this WMA was a necessary conservation measure because high water levels had forced wildlife to take refuge on tree islands and levees, resulting in stressful conditions for the animals.  

Help plan the future of L. Kirk Edwards Wildlife and Environmental Area

July 19, 2018 

FWC staff will present the draft land management plan for the FWC-managed WEA, and people will be encouraged to comment and ask questions.  

FWC conducts aquatic plant control on Lake Okeechobee

June 25, 2018 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will conduct aquatic plant control on Lake Okeechobee from June 25 through June 27, weather permitting. Lake Okeechobee is the state’s largest lake, covering parts of Palm Beach, Martin, Glades, Okeechobee, and Hendry counties in south Florida. 

FWC hosts public meeting on the management of the Harris Chain of Lakes

June 22, 2018 

The meeting will take place June 28 at 6 p.m. in the Magnolia Room at Lake-Sumter State College, 9501 US-441, Leesburg, FL 34788. 

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.  

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