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Gulf County scallop season opens July 25

July 18, 2017 

Starting July 25, all state waters from the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County to the Pasco-Hernando county line will be open for harvest of bay scallops.  

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. 

FWC discusses sheepshead, tripletail and cobia management

July 10, 2017 

The Commission did not take action on draft changes to sheepshead and tripletail in order to give staff time to gather more input from commercial and recreational stakeholders on potential changes.  

Additional goliath grouper workshop scheduled July 31 in Lake Worth

July 05, 2017 

Fifteen workshops are scheduled across the state in August and October. Share your input and learn more about the current status of goliath grouper by attending one of these workshops.  

FWC to meet July 10-11 in Orlando

June 30, 2017 

The meeting both days starts at 8:30 a.m. and is open to the public. The public will be provided opportunities to speak on agenda items both days. 

On July 4 give space to nesting shorebirds, sea turtles

June 29, 2017 

Please respect shorebird and sea turtle areas that are posted to protect these vulnerable species, but remember not all nests are posted.  

FWC seeks input on conserving Florida burrowing owls in urban landscapes

May 22, 2017 

The FWC will hold open-house style public meetings in June to provide information and gather input on the agency’s development of Conservation Measures and Permitting Guidelines for the Florida burrowing owl.  

Remember: Lionfish Challenge 2017 starts tomorrow on Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day

May 19, 2017 

The 2017 Lionfish Challenge rewards recreational and commercial lionfish harvesters for their removal efforts with prizes and incentives.  

Springtime spurs activity for Florida black bears, cubs

May 18, 2017 

TheFWC reminds the public to be aware that bears are becoming more active this time of year. There are important things people can do over the next few months to reduce negative interactions with Florida’s largest land mammal. 

Pinellas County to get new manatee protection signs

May 17, 2017 

The FWC will soon begin work to repair, clean and install waterway markers for existing boating safety and newly-established manatee protection zones in Pinellas County.  

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