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FWC offers additional BearWise funding to reduce conflicts

June 04, 2018 

The FWC will focus on providing funding to local governments with BearWise ordinances that require residents and businesses to keep garbage secure from bears.  

Recreational red snapper season starts June 11 in Gulf state and federal waters

June 04, 2018 

The recreational red snapper season will start June 11 in Gulf state and federal waters and remain open through July 20, closing July 21.  

Take a hunter safety class this summer!

June 04, 2018 

If you haven’t completed the state’s hunter safety course requirement, now’s a good time to sign up. Many of these classes, offered statewide, fill up fast.  

Hunter safety courses offered in 3 counties in June

May 31, 2018 

Those interested in attending a course can register online and obtain information about future hunter safety classes at or by calling the FWC’s regional office in Panama City at 850-265-3676. 

Everglades National Park and FWC to Expand Python Removal Efforts

May 31, 2018 

Everglades National Park and the FWC are partnering to expand the park’s Python Removal Authorized Agent Program by allowing paid FWC contractors to remove pythons in Everglades National Park.  

FWC plans hydrilla treatment in Lake Hatchineha

May 31, 2018 

The FWC will treat a 150-acre trail to enable navigation on the lake, using herbicides approved for use in lakes by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.  

FWC investigating freshwater turtle die-off in central Florida

May 30, 2018 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is investigating a die-off of freshwater turtles and is asking the public to assist by providing information.  

FWC conducts aquatic plant control on Lake Rousseau

May 29, 2018 

The FWC will conduct aquatic plant control on Lake Rousseau from June 4 through June 15, weather permitting. 

Gag season starts June 1 in Gulf federal and most state waters

May 23, 2018 

Gag grouper will open for recreational harvest in most state Gulf of Mexico waters and all federal Gulf waters June 1, and will remain open through Dec. 31.  

Atlantic snook to close in state and federal waters

May 23, 2018 

The recreational harvest of snook in Atlantic state and federal waters will close on June 1. Snook is also currently closed for harvest in Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters, and will reopen for harvest statewide Sept. 1.  

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