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FWC approves Gulf greater amberjack conservation measures

November 19, 2015 

Greater amberjack will close to harvest in state waters on Saturday, Nov. 21 and will remain closed through Dec. 31. It closed to harvest in Gulf federal waters Sept. 28. Both state and federal waters will reopen Jan. 1, 2016.  

FWC biologist receives prestigious wildlife conservation award recognizing young professional

November 19, 2015 

Claire Sunquist Blunden, an FWC employee since 2010, has received the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies’ 2015 Mark J. Reeff Memorial Award that recognizes a young professional for outstanding service in the conservation of fish and wildlife resources. 

FWC approves Atlantic gray triggerfish size, bag limit changes

November 19, 2015 

The new 12-inch size limit and 10-fish recreational bag limit will be in effect until Oct. 31, 2016. A stock assessment on Atlantic gray triggerfish is expected to be completed in 2016.  

FWC designates new Critical Wildlife Area to protect nesting birds in southwest Florida

November 19, 2015 

The FWC has designated a sandbar in Collier County, known as “Second Chance,” as a Critical Wildlife Area. The island, which is part of a larger shoal complex, is an important nesting site for Wilson’s plovers and state-listed least terns and black skimmers. 

Florida plan conserving 57 imperiled fish and animals ready for public comment

November 19, 2015 

The plan combines managing the specific needs of 57 imperiled species with a new, larger-scale strategy addressing how to help multiple fish and wildlife species thrive and survive in the habitats they share. 

FWC Officer honored with agency’s Award of Valor, Purple Heart

November 18, 2015 

During the Nov. 18 FWC meeting in Panama City Beach, Officer David Brady, whose courage, training and perserverance saved his own life, received the agency’s Purple Heart and Award of Valor for his actions in the line of duty. 

TrophyCatch planning celebration for Hall Of Fame winners

November 17, 2015 

FWC staff will honor the 15 lucky anglers who entered a total of 17 Hall of Fame bass weighing more than 13 pounds each at a ceremony Dec. 11 at 5:30 p.m. in Bass Pro Shops in Orlando. 

Hydrilla treatment scheduled for Lake Cypress

November 10, 2015 

The FWC is planning to treat hydrilla, an invasive aquatic plant, in portions of Lake Cypress for the week beginning Monday, Nov. 16. The scheduled treatment is subject to weather conditions. 

Hunter safety Internet-completion course offered in Levy County for December

November 10, 2015 

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 Lake City at 386-758-0525. 

FWC to meet Nov. 18-19 in Panama City

November 09, 2015 

The FWC will meet Nov. 18-19 at the Majestic Beach Resort, 10901 Front Beach Road, Panama City, FL 32407. Both sessions are open to the public. 

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