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Contractor sought to help address human-bear conflicts in Bay County area

July 10, 2015 

Application deadline is July 24. Applications can also be sent by email to or by fax to 850-922-0348.  

Blue crab trap closure in South-S.W. Florida starts Friday

July 09, 2015 

Recreational and commercial blue crab traps in state waters from the Palm Beach-Broward county line to the Pasco-Hernando county line must be removed from the water before Friday, July 10, the first day of a 10-day trap closure. 

FWC seeks video from Anna Maria businesses showing destruction of sea turtle nests, skimmer chicks

July 09, 2015 

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) investigators are asking businesses on Anna Maria Island to check video surveillance records for any sign of an all-terrain vehicle that destroyed five sea turtle nests and killed three black skimmer chicks on the night of June 27. 

Free hunter safety course offered in Leon County

July 06, 2015 

People interested in attending this course can register online and obtain information about future hunter safety classes at or by calling Hunter Safety Coordinator Will Burnett at the FWC’s regional office in Panama City at 850-265-3676. 

Free Kids’ Fishing Clinic promises day of learning, fun

July 06, 2015 

Teaching children a lifelong hobby, instilling appreciation for our marine environment and providing fun, family outings are the objectives for the Kids’ Fishing Clinic in Palm Coast on July 11. 

Two injured in sturgeon strike in Santa Fe River

July 03, 2015 

The FWC suggests that everyone wear their life jackets, stay off the bow of the boat and go slow while underway. Any sturgeon strikes should be reported to the FWC by calling 888-404-3922.  

Trenton girl killed, family members injured

July 03, 2015 

A 5-year-old girl was killed and her mother and brother were injured by a leaping sturgeon while boating with their family on the Suwannee River.  

FWC to conduct aquatic weed control on Lake Rousseau

July 02, 2015 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will be conducting aquatic weed control operations in Lake Rousseau from July 6-17, using EPA-approved herbicides.  

Gray triggerfish size limit to increase in Atlantic state waters effective July 9

July 02, 2015 

An increase of the minimum size limit of gray triggerfish in Atlantic state waters will take effect beginning July 9. 

FWC welcomes new chairman, vice chairman

July 01, 2015 

July 1, new leaders assumed their roles with the FWC. At its Sarasota meeting, the FWC elected Vice Chairman Brian Yablonski of Tallahassee to serve as chairman and Aliese “Liesa” Priddy of Immokalee to serve as vice chairman. 

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