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FWC provides important alligator safety advice

June 25, 2018 

Alligators become more active during warm weather months, and it’s not uncommon to see them throughout the state. Most interactions consist of seeing alligators at a distance. However, if you have a concern about a specific alligator, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) urges you to call their toll-free Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR (392-4286). 

Tripletail and sheepshead changes effective July 1

June 25, 2018 

These proactive measures will help conserve both fisheries for current and future generations. 

Gag grouper recreational harvest closing in 4-county Gulf region

June 25, 2018 

Gag grouper recreational harvest will close in state waters off the coasts of Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties on July 1, with the last day of harvest June 30. 

FWC conducts aquatic plant control on Lake Okeechobee

June 25, 2018 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will conduct aquatic plant control on Lake Okeechobee from June 25 through June 27, weather permitting. Lake Okeechobee is the state’s largest lake, covering parts of Palm Beach, Martin, Glades, Okeechobee, and Hendry counties in south Florida. 

FWC hosts public meeting on the management of the Harris Chain of Lakes

June 22, 2018 

The meeting will take place June 28 at 6 p.m. in the Magnolia Room at Lake-Sumter State College, 9501 US-441, Leesburg, FL 34788. 

Hunter safety courses offered in 2 counties

June 22, 2018 

Those interested in attending a course can register online and obtain information about future hunter safety classes at MyFWC.com/HunterSafety or by calling the FWC’s regional office in West Palm Beach at 561-625-5122. 

FWC awards $250,000 in lionfish research funds

June 21, 2018 

Research proposals were submitted in fall 2017 and five organizations were selected to each receive $50,000 in funding. Contracts were executed in March 2018 and will be completed by June 2019. 

Media statement: FWC Commission trap fisheries update

June 20, 2018 

At the June 20 meeting in Sarasota, the FWC approved several draft changes to recreational and commercial trap fisheries rules and directed staff to come back to the September meeting for a final public hearing.  

FWC approves new course requirements for airboat operators carrying passengers for hire

June 19, 2018 

The rule is supported by the airboat education industry, stakeholders and the public as indicated from three public meetings and meetings with the Florida Airboat Association.  

FWC names John Little as the Hunter Safety Instructor of the Year

June 19, 2018 

The FWC named John Little of Palm Bay the 2017 Volunteer Hunter Safety Instructor of the Year at its June Commission meeting in Sarasota.  

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