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Stone crab season closes May 16

May 10, 2017 

The commercial and recreational harvest of stone crab claws in Florida closes on May 16, with the last day of harvest on May 15. Stone crab season will reopen on Oct. 15.  

Hunter safety internet-completion courses offered in June

May 09, 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. 

Gulf cobia workshops scheduled: FWC seeking public input

May 09, 2017 

The FWC is hosting five public workshops and an online webinar to gather public input on the Gulf cobia fishery. 

Nature Coast Fishing for Youth program hosted this summer in Cedar Key

May 08, 2017 

The FWC is offering a free Nature Coast Fishing for Youth program in Cedar Key for youth between the ages of 5 and 15. Advance registration is required; no walk-ins will be accepted.  

Share your marine fisheries comments on new saltwater commenting webpage

May 08, 2017 

The FWC Division of Marine Fisheries Management wants to hear from you. In an effort to keep stakeholders informed and to gather public input on upcoming issues, a new webpage has been created: MyFWC.com/SaltwaterComments.  

Clean bird feeders to help protect cardinals and other birds

May 08, 2017 

The FWC has received reports of sick and dead cardinals in north Florida from concerned residents who have bird feeders. Cleaning bird feeders can decrease the potential for spreading diseases 

FWC transplants aquatic plants to help restore Lake Istokpoga

May 08, 2017 

Thousands of aquatic plants are being transplanted into Lake Istokpoga in an effort to help restore this popular shallow-water bass fishing lake in Highlands County.  

King mackerel management changes effective May 11

May 08, 2017 

Several commercial and recreational changes to king mackerel management in Florida state and federal waters will take effect May 11.  

2017 Gulf recreational red snapper state season opens weekends starting May 6

May 04, 2017 

The recreational red snapper season in Gulf of Mexico state waters opens weekends in May starting May 6. On May 27, the season will open daily through July 9. The recreational red snapper season in Gulf of Mexico state waters opens weekends in May starting May 6. On May 27, the season will open daily through July 9.  

Exotic Pet Amnesty Day set for May 6 in Sanford

May 01, 2017 

People may surrender their exotic pets at the event without penalty or cost, whether they are being kept legally or illegally. This free event is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens. 

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