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FWC transplants aquatic plants to help restore Lake Istokpoga

May 08, 2017 

Thousands of aquatic plants are being transplanted into Lake Istokpoga in an effort to help restore this popular shallow-water bass fishing lake in Highlands County.  

King mackerel management changes effective May 11

May 08, 2017 

Several commercial and recreational changes to king mackerel management in Florida state and federal waters will take effect May 11.  

2017 Gulf recreational red snapper state season opens weekends starting May 6

May 04, 2017 

The recreational red snapper season in Gulf of Mexico state waters opens weekends in May starting May 6. On May 27, the season will open daily through July 9. The recreational red snapper season in Gulf of Mexico state waters opens weekends in May starting May 6. On May 27, the season will open daily through July 9.  

Exotic Pet Amnesty Day set for May 6 in Sanford

May 01, 2017 

People may surrender their exotic pets at the event without penalty or cost, whether they are being kept legally or illegally. This free event is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens. 

Lionfish and festivals and reward programs, OH MY!

May 01, 2017 

Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day (the first Saturday after Mother’s Day each year) raises awareness about lionfish; a nonnative, invasive species that has a potential negative impact on native species and habitat. 

Apply for alligator and fall hunt permits in May!

May 01, 2017 

May is here, and so is the start of the Phase I application period for applying for alligator and fall quota, special opportunity and national wildlife refuge hunt permits.  

Snook to close in Gulf state and federal waters

April 28, 2017 

Snook will close to all harvest in Gulf state, federal and inland waters, including all of Monroe County and Everglades National Park, starting May 1. 

Free Kids’ Fishing Clinic in Fernandina Beach promises day of learning, fun

April 27, 2017 

The FWC will offer a free Kids’ Fishing Clinic for children between the ages of 5 and 15 from 9 a.m. to noon at Amelia Island State Park near the George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier, 9000 Heckscher Drive. 

New Study Shows Americans’ Deep Appreciation for Nature, Barriers to Connection

April 26, 2017 

Contact with nature is an important part of growing up and linking Americans to one another; competing priorities and other factors impede getting outdoors. 

Join a bioblitz to survey species on wildlife management areas

April 25, 2017 

During this year’s 75th anniversary of the Florida WMA system, for the first time bioblitzes are happening around the state, guided by biologists with the Florida FWC. 

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