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National effort to establish new conservation funding underway

April 18, 2016 

At its April meeting, the FWC discussed a national effort to establish new funding - The Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Diverse Fish and Wildlife Resources - that will ensure all wildlife is conserved for future generations.  

“Spring Aboard” for better boating

April 18, 2016 

During the week of April 17-23, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and the FWC encourage boaters to “Spring Aboard” by enrolling in a boating education course.  

Free Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic with kayaking coming up in Apollo Beach

April 18, 2016 

The FWC is hosting a Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic in Apollo Beach on May 7. The free, day-long clinic is from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Suncoast Youth Conservation Center. 

Santa Fe River’s idle-speed, no-wake Zone 7 deactivated;

April 18, 2016 

The Santa Fe River’s idle-speed, no-wake Zone 7 was deactivated Sunday. Zone 8 is the only zone still activated at the present time, according to FWC officials.  

FWC deactivates idle-speed, no-wake restrictions on Suwannee River’s Zone 3; two zones still active

April 15, 2016 

The Suwannee River dropped below the activation trigger at Branford April 15, resulting in the deactivation of the idle-speed, no-wake Zone 3 on the Suwannee River. The Santa Fe River’s Zones 7 and 8 remain activated.  

Lionfish beware: FWC approves two-part lionfish removal effort for 2016

April 14, 2016 

At its April 13 meeting, the FWC approved a two-part lionfish plan to further encourage removals of the invasive species in 2016. The initiative will include a statewide reward program that will expand upon 2015 efforts and a Panhandle Pilot Program.  

Red drum bag limit lowered to 1 fish in northwest Florida starting May 1

April 14, 2016 

At its April 13 meeting, the FWC approved a measure to lower the recreational red drum daily bag limit in the northwest red drum management zone (Escambia County through Fred Howard Park near Pasco County) from two fish to one fish per person. This change will go into effect Sunday, May 1.  

FWC Commissioners provide direction on potential changes to venomous reptile regulations

April 14, 2016 

At its April 14 meeting the FWC approved further action by FWC staff to work with a Technical Advisory Group, industry experts and others to refine proposed changes to existing rules, including a possible venomous reptile classification system, then return at a future meeting with a draft rule for the Commission to consider.  

Python Challenge™ and other tools help FWC manage conflict wildlife

April 14, 2016 

At its April meeting, staff provided the FWC with an update on efforts to manage conflict wildlife, including a summary of the recent 2016 Python Challenge™.  

Attempt to capture and relocate panther is successful

April 13, 2016 

On April 12, the FWC and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service captured a Florida panther that has been frequenting a neighborhood near Immokalee in Collier County. 

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