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Workshop set for gopher tortoise conservation in northeast Florida

July 21, 2015 

The goal of these workshops is to identify ways counties and cities can participate in protecting one of Florida’s threatened species. In addition, the FWC will discuss financial incentives available for local governments. 

The Great Outdoors Day Free Kids’ Fishing Derby is July 25 in Kissimmee

July 21, 2015 

The derby is Saturday, July 25, from 9:30-11:00 a.m. for children ages 5-15, at the Kissimmee Civic Center Pond, 201 E. Dakin Ave., Kissimmee, FL 34741. An FWC biologist will be on hand to assist participants. Bait and fishing equipment will be provided but children are welcome to bring their own. 

Discarded monofilament line injures, kills wildlife

July 21, 2015 

Tackle should be checked frequently for frayed line that may easily break. Unwanted or damaged line should be stored safely and securely until it can be placed in a recycling bin. If you see discarded monofilament line while you are out, pick it up, secure it and dispose of it appropriately. 

FWC arrests poachers for possession of illegal species, including sea turtle

July 20, 2015 

As a result of an ongoing marine resource investigation, FWC officers conducted stops on two suspect vessels. These stops revealed undersized and illegal species onboard each vessel. 

Hydrilla treatment scheduled for Lake Tohopekaliga

July 17, 2015 

The FWC will treat hydrilla in portions of Lake Tohopekaliga (Lake Toho) on July 22, weather permitting.  

FWC Enlists Gulf Reef Fish Anglers to Provide Data

July 15, 2015 

The FWC is asking for anglers’ assistance through participation in the Gulf Reef Fish Survey. This new data collection program will improve how recreational catch is monitored and provide information needed to ensure sustainable fisheries in Florida.  

Workshop set for gopher tortoise conservation in central Florida

July 14, 2015 

The goal of these workshops is to identify ways cities and counties can participate in protecting one of Florida’s threatened species.  

Man cited for keeping Loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings in fish tank

July 14, 2015 

In response to a tip by a concerned citizen, FWC officers visited an address in Jupiter. After investigation, William Henry Jowett was issued a first-degree misdemeanor citation for possessing two loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings.  

Big Bend Florida blue crab trap closure starts July 20

July 14, 2015 

Recreational and commercial blue crab traps in state waters from the Pasco-Hernando county line to the Wakulla-Franklin county line, including all waters of the Ochlockonee River and Bay, must be removed from the water before July 20, the first day of a 10-day trap closure. 

Two injured in sturgeon strike on Suwannee River

July 14, 2015 

Nicholas P. Bradley and his wife, Jamie L. Bradley, were transported to Shands in Gainesville after being hit by a sturgeon on the Suwannee River. The three children on board the vessel were uninjured.  

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