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Stone crab claw season opens Oct. 15 in state, federal waters

October 04, 2017 

To ensure this valuable resource is available for generations to come, take care when removing crab claws and follow all conservation-based management guidelines for stone crab harvest.  

Orange Lake management activities update presentation to be held Oct. 17

October 04, 2017 

A public meeting to present an update on management activities performed at Orange Lake under last year’s work plan and to discuss the draft work plan for the upcoming year is scheduled for Oct. 17. 

Florida’s recreational and commercial saltwater fishing industries are open for business

October 04, 2017 

The FWC is reminding residents and visitors that, despite the effects of Hurricane Irma, recreational and commercial saltwater fishing operations are reopening for business. 

And the winners are…FWC announces Lionfish Challenge recreational and commercial winners

October 03, 2017 

Ken Ayers Jr. of Panama City took home the recreational Lionfish King award with a total of 1,250 lionfish harvested. Joshua Livingston of Destin became Florida’s first Commercial Champion for his efforts in removing 4,560 pounds of lionfish.  

Update 3: Unified Command begins removal process for vessels displaced by Hurricane Irma

September 29, 2017 

The Emergency Support Function 10 Florida, a Unified Command, has initiated removal efforts prioritizing vessels displaced by Hurricane Irma which are actively polluting or creating a hazard to navigation to traffic in the area.  

Additional weekend added to Gulf gray triggerfish fall state season due to Hurricane Irma

September 29, 2017 

Gray triggerfish will open in Gulf of Mexico state waters for recreational harvest Oct. 21 and 22, in addition to previously scheduled dates of Oct. 7 and 8, and Oct. 14 and 15.  

UPDATE: Unified Command continues assessment of vessels affected by Hurricane Irma, prioritizes displaced vessel removal

September 28, 2017 

The Emergency Support Function 10 (ESF 10) Florida, consisting of multiple state and federal agencies, is continuing efforts to assess and remove hazards in the wake of Hurricane Irma. 

FWC: Bears become more active in fall

September 27, 2017 

To be ready for leaner winter months, bears require around 20,000 calories a day and will eat anything that’s convenient. Accessing unsecured garbage often provides more calories in a shorter amount of time than foraging in the woods.  

Ways to help reef fish survive after barotrauma

September 26, 2017 

Descending devices bring fish back down to a depth where increased pressure from the water will recompress swim bladder gases and allow the fish to swim away.  

Idle-speed, no-wake restrictions lifted on Santa Fe River’s Zone 7; other three zones still being enforced

September 26, 2017 

The river’s water levels are falling, but speed restrictions in zones 5, 6 and 8 are still in effect. 

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