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Take bowhunter education course in August

June 28, 2017 

Florida bowhunters will have an opportunity to attend a National Bowhunter Education Foundation certified bowhunter education course in August in Alachua County.  

Hunter safety internet-completion courses offered in August

June 28, 2017 

Those interested in attending a course can register online and obtain information about future hunter safety classes at MyFWC.com/HunterSafety or by calling the FWC’s regional office in Lake City at 386-758-0525. 

Scallopers get ready, more waters open for harvest starting July 1

June 26, 2017 

Celebrate the Fourth of July with bay scallops. State waters from the westernmost point of St. Vincent Island in Franklin County through the Pasco/Hernando county line will be open for scalloping starting July 1. A span of waters in the middle from the Fenholloway River in Taylor County to the Suwannee River in Dixie County opened earlier this month on June 16 and will close on Sept. 10. 

Gag grouper recreational harvest closing in 4-county Gulf region; may reopen this fall

June 26, 2017 

Gag grouper recreational harvest will close in state waters off the coasts of Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties July 1, with the last day of harvest June 30, but that might not be your last opportunity to fish for gag grouper in state waters off these counties. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will meet July 10 in Orlando to discuss potentially expanding this season to open Sept. 1 through Dec. 31, providing additional fishing opportunities to anglers in this area. To comment on proposed gag grouper management changes, visit MyFWC.com/SaltwaterComments. Comments may also be made at the July meeting in Orlando. 

St. Johns River to get improved manatee protection signs

June 22, 2017 

The FWC is performing routine maintenance and replacing degraded waterway signs in the existing boundaries of the manatee zones.  

Bowhunting course offered in Broward County

June 21, 2017 

Those interested in attending a course can register online and obtain information about future hunter safety classes at MyFWC.com/HunterSafety or by calling the FWC’s regional office in West Palm Beach at 561-625-5122. 

Hunter safety courses offered in Broward County

June 21, 2017 

Those interested in attending a course can register online and obtain information about future hunter safety classes at MyFWC.com/HunterSafety or by calling the FWC’s regional office in West Palm Beach at 561-625-5122. 

Help FWC monitor fish health by reporting fish kills

June 20, 2017 

The public can report fish kills to the FWC at MyFWC.com/FishKill or by calling the FWC Fish Kill Hotline at 800-636-0511.  

Goliath grouper workshops scheduled August through October; FWC needs your input

June 20, 2017 

Share your input and learn more about the current status of goliath grouper by attending one of these workshops.  

FWC law enforcement to participate in Operation Dry Water, national effort against boating under the influence

June 20, 2017 

Law enforcement agencies nationwide will be out June 30-July 2, looking for boaters who choose to boat under the influence, and removing them from the water. 

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