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FWC encouraged by 2017 manatee survey

February 20, 2017 

A team of 15 observers from 10 organizations counted 3,488 manatees on Florida’s east coast and 3,132 on the west coast of the state. The FWC is encouraged by a third straight year of a minimum count higher than 6,000 manatees in Florida waters.  

Join the photo contest celebrating 75 years of Florida’s Wildlife Management Areas!

February 15, 2017 

The FWC launches its 75 Years Wild photo contest encouraging people to explore the natural beauty of Florida’s Wildlife Management Area system.  

FWC plans prescribed burn on Lake Okeechobee

February 15, 2017 

The FWC is planning a prescribed burn on 2,500 acres of Lake Okeechobee, between the Kissimmee River and Buckhead Ridge Canal, to improve fish and wildlife habitat. The prescribed burn is scheduled for Feb. 16, weather permitting.  

FWC installs new artificial fish attractors on Lake Toho

February 14, 2017 

The new artificial fish attractors, made of synthetic brush, are expected to be more effective and durable than the oak trees used as attractors in previous years.  

2017 bay scallop season in Dixie/Taylor counties set

February 09, 2017 

The 2017 bay scallop season for Dixie County and parts of Taylor County will be open from June 16 through Sept. 10.  

FWC approves spiny lobster commercial bully net fishery changes

February 08, 2017 

The FWC has received input from stakeholders about the increasing participation in the commercial bully net lobster fishery, and these changes will help address some of those concerns. 

FWC approves bay scallop season changes for 2017 in St. Joe Bay; discusses other regional changes

February 08, 2017 

At the December 2017 Commission meeting, staff will review public feedback on these changes and make a recommendation for future management.  

FWC discusses goliath grouper; Gulf red snapper, gray triggerfish and gag grouper

February 08, 2017 

At its February meeting in Crystal River, the FWC discussed future management possibilities for goliath grouper, Gulf of Mexico red snapper, Gulf of Mexico gray triggerfish, and Gulf of Mexico gag grouper.  

Snook reopens in Atlantic state waters

January 25, 2017 

The recreational harvest season for snook reopens on Feb. 1 in Florida’s Atlantic coastal and inland waters (from the Miami-Dade/Monroe county line north), including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River.  

Free hands-on marine activities at Suncoast Youth Conservation Center’s open house

January 24, 2017 

Those attending the free event will have the opportunity to learn how to cast a fishing rod, discover the campus through a scavenger hunt, and experience the Center’s exhibits. 

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