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Big Bend blue crab trap closure starts July 20

July 18, 2017 

Recreational and commercial blue crab traps in state waters from Hernando through Wakulla counties, including all waters of the Ochlockonee River and Bay, must be removed from the water before July 20, the first day of a 10-day trap closure.  

FWC workshop in Brevard County encourages local governments to conserve gopher tortoises

July 17, 2017 

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 workshop in St. Lucie County encourages local governments to conserve gopher tortoises

July 17, 2017 

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. 

Take someone hunting, fishing or target shooting and enter a chance to win NASCAR or Ultimate Outdoor Experience

July 12, 2017 

By pledging to introduce someone to the outdoors between now and NHF Day on Saturday, Sept. 23, participants will be eligible to win either a Richard Childress Racing VIP package or the Ultimate Outdoor Experience. 

Cal Cooksey receives Youth Hunting Program’s Landowner of the Year award

July 11, 2017 

At its July meeting in Orlando, the FWC presented Cal Cooksey of Sawdust with the Landowner of the Year award for his generous support of the FWC’s Youth Hunting Program of Florida.  

FWC names Raymond Mowen Hunter Safety Instructor of the Year

July 11, 2017 

The award recognizes a volunteer who significantly advances the cause of safe hunting through extraordinary service in training and education. 

FWRI director receives Capt. Phil Chapman Conservation Award

July 11, 2017 

The award is presented to those who display a passionate commitment to the conservation of Florida’s marine fisheries. 

Fishing association honors 2 FWC officers

July 11, 2017 

Capt. Pat Kelly, Florida Guides Association president, presented FWC officers Peter “Sean” Gaudion and Michael Bibeau with the “Trained Eyes Coastwatchers” Officer of the Year award. 

Gag grouper fall season approved in Gulf 4-county region

July 11, 2017 

The FWC approved lengthening the Gulf of Mexico gag grouper recreational season in state waters off Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties by opening the season Sept. 1 through Dec. 31.  

FWC approves Gulf gray triggerfish limited fall season, conservation measures

July 11, 2017 

The FWC approved several management changes for gray triggerfish caught in Gulf of Mexico state waters including a limited fall season and several conservation measures.  

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