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Media statement: Gulf recreational gray triggerfish to close Sept. 28

September 27, 2018 

The closure will remain in effect through Dec. 31, 2018. The fishery will reopen on March 1, 2019, following the annual January – February recreational harvest closure.  

FWC takes steps to combat invasive species

September 27, 2018 

Florida’s native fish and wildlife are facing a serious threat posed by a variety of invasive species found throughout the state. The FWC has voted to approve a reorganization of rules related to nonnative species.  

Media statement: FWC Commission shrimp fishery update

September 27, 2018 

The FWC has approved changes to commercial shrimp fishery management that will eliminate barriers to participation in the expanding live seafood market. 

Media statement: FWC Commission trap fisheries update

September 27, 2018 

The FWC has approved several changes to recreational and commercial trap fisheries rules. These changes are part of a long-term project to evaluate and improve the management of Florida’s saltwater trap fisheries.  

Gulf County bay scallop season closing Sept. 26 as a precautionary measure

September 26, 2018 

This closure is due to the presence of bloom levels of Karenia brevis, the naturally-occurring algae associated with red tide.  

Media statement: FWC Commission expands fishery management measures in response to red tide

September 26, 2018 

FWC directed staff to expand a recent catch-and-release only measure for snook and redfish to include Tampa Bay (including all of Manatee and Hillsborough counties) as well as all of Pinellas and Pasco counties starting Friday, Sept. 28.  

FWC approves listing status changes and new guidelines for 8 species

September 26, 2018 

The species guidelines are designed to be a tool for landowners, consultants, agency partners and other interested parties on how to conserve these species. Additionally, rule changes were made to further ensure protection of these species. 

A day on the water with Billy O.: A tale of friendship, fishing and bananas

September 21, 2018 

I was left with a newfound respect for a man teaching his children to fish and get outdoors, a renewed hope for the future of fishing and the next generation of conservationists, and a reminder that fishing and a love of the outdoors brings people together.  

Bay scallop season closes Sept. 25 in Franklin-NW Taylor and Levy-Hernando counties

September 20, 2018 

These season dates are for 2018 only. The FWC will be working toward creating a more permanent season structure in the future. 

FWC to meet Sept. 26-27 near Tallahassee

September 19, 2018 

The meeting is scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m., and the public will be provided opportunities to speak on agenda items each day.  

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