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Recreational bay scallop season closes Sept. 25

September 19, 2016 

The 2016 recreational season for bay scallops will close Sunday, Sept. 25. The final day of harvesting is Saturday, Sept. 24, bringing an end to the season statewide.  

Exotic Pet Amnesty Day set for Sept. 24 in Fort Walton Beach

September 19, 2016 

People can surrender their exotic pets at the event without penalty or cost, whether they are being kept legally or illegally. The Exotic Pet Amnesty program helps to reduce the number of nonnative species being released into the wild.  

FWC Officer Jarrod Molnar honored by NASBLA as national 2016 Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

September 16, 2016 

The Marvin “Butch” Potts Memorial Award is presented annually to the boating law enforcement officer who has made outstanding contributions to the field of boating law enforcement. 

Hunter safety internet-completion courses offered in September

September 16, 2016 

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 Panama City at 850-265-3676. 

Final Population Modeling Confirms that Florida has a Robust and Growing Bear Population

September 15, 2016 

One of the nation’s leading bear scientists, Dr. Joseph D. Clark of the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Tennessee, has released the final modeling results estimating Florida’s black bear population.  

Two weeks left to qualify for the Lionfish Challenge

September 15, 2016 

The Lionfish Challenge will come to a close Sept. 30, but that is still plenty of time to take and turn in the 50 lionfish it takes to qualify in the program. Every lionfish tail submitted helps control the invasive population. 

Learn about sea turtles, practice turtle ‘Safety 101’

September 13, 2016 

The FWC recommends residents and visitors in Florida’s coastal communities follow these guidelines to help conserve sea turtles and their hatchlings: 

Hickory Mound Impoundment remains closed; other areas open after storm cleanup

September 13, 2016 

To get the updates, go to MyFWC.com/viewing and click on “Wildlife Management Areas,” then “Open/Closed Status.” 

FWC using public input to improve Critical Wildlife Area proposals

September 12, 2016 

The FWC continues to move forward with an unprecedented initiative to conserve some of Florida’s most vulnerable wildlife by designating and modifying Critical Wildlife Areas throughout Florida.  

Hunter safety internet-completion courses offered in October

September 12, 2016 

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. 

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