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Who will be the next Lionfish Challenge winners? Find out Sept. 9

August 31, 2017 

There’s still time to remove lionfish and win prizes by participating in the 2017 Lionfish Challenge. The statewide lionfish removal incentive program will come to a close Sept. 4.  

Oyster conservation measures implemented in St. Andrews Bay

August 30, 2017 

These changes affect all state waters of St. Andrews Bay in Bay County. 

Apalachicola Bay commercial oyster conservation changes remain in effect for upcoming season

August 30, 2017 

These changes are effective in all of Apalachicola Bay, including all waters of Indian Lagoon in Gulf County.  

Snook season starts Sept. 1

August 29, 2017 

A snook permit, as well as a recreational saltwater license, is required unless the angler is exempt from the recreational license requirements.  

Labor Day weekend is perfect for Gulf reef fishing; last weekend for red snapper, first weekend for gray triggerfish

August 29, 2017 

The 2017 recreational red snapper season in both Gulf state and federal waters will close for the year on Sept. 5. Also during Labor Day weekend, the limited fall gray triggerfish season will start ramping up in Gulf state waters.  

Public meeting to address managing aquatic plant life on Lake Okeechobee

August 29, 2017 

The FWC will hold a public meeting from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 31, at the Clewiston Youth Center to address the management of aquatic plants on Lake Okeechobee. 

Gag grouper fall season opens in Gulf 4-county region

August 25, 2017 

The Gulf of Mexico gag grouper recreational season in state waters off Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties will be open for harvest Sept. 1 through Dec. 31.  

Spotted seatrout workshop can now be attended online/on-demand

August 24, 2017 

Learn more about the current stock assessment of this species and tell the FWC how you’d like to see this fishery managed in the future.  

Hogfish recreational season remains open in state waters

August 22, 2017 

Hogfish recreational harvest will close in federal waters off Florida’s Atlantic and southern Gulf coasts Aug. 24, but state waters will remain open.  

Update: Gulf County bay scallop season opening remains postponed

August 21, 2017 

The season postponement will continue until scallop samples test safe for human consumption.  

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