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FWC names Jason Hutchinson 2017 Officer of the Year

January 13, 2017 

For his exceptional performance, the FWC has named Officer Jason Hutchinson its 2017 Officer of the Year.  

Northwest Florida blue crab trap closure ending early

January 10, 2017 

Recreational and commercial blue crab traps may be placed back in state waters (shore to 9 nautical miles) from the Florida/Alabama state line through the Franklin/Wakulla county line starting Wednesday, Jan. 11.  

Boating safety course offered at the Suncoast Youth Conservation Center in Apollo Beach

January 06, 2017 

This beginner boating class will cover the knowledge needed to obtain a Boating Safety Education Identification Card in Florida.  

Public workshop set on managing forests and farms for fish and wildlife

January 05, 2017 

Featured topics for the workshop include, but are not limited to, gopher tortoise habitat and management, prescribed burning for wildlife, wildlife best management practices, and cost-share programs. 

Blue crab trap closure for northwest Florida starts Jan. 5

December 29, 2016 

Recreational and commercial blue crab traps must be removed from some northwest Florida waters before Jan. 5, the first day of a 10-day trap closure. 

Fishbrain app to help FWC track nonnative freshwater fish

December 20, 2016 

The FWC plans to crowdsource data on nonnative freshwater fish species in Florida by partnering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Fishbrain – the world’s largest app and social network for anglers.  

Seasonal grouper closure starts Jan. 1 in Atlantic, Monroe County waters

December 20, 2016 

Several species of grouper will close to recreational and commercial harvest starting Jan. 1 in Florida state waters of the Atlantic, including Monroe County.  

Amberjack, triggerfish and gag grouper season changes in Gulf waters start Jan. 1

December 20, 2016 

To learn more about greater amberjack, gray triggerfish and gag grouper, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater Fishing” and “Recreational Regulations.”  

FWC recommends lifesaving gifts for boaters!

December 19, 2016 

An inflatable life jacket along with either an Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon or a Personal Locator Beacon are probably the best gifts any boater could hope for during the holidays.  

Mutton snapper management changes effective Jan. 1

December 19, 2016 

These changes are intended to prevent harvest from exceeding the planned federal quotas, or number of fish that can be harvested.  

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