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Lionfish Challenge comes to a close; 16,609 total removed

October 04, 2016 

The invasive lionfish took a major hit this summer: a total of 16,609 lionfish were removed during the 4.5 month Lionfish Challenge, which came to a close Sept. 30.  

Stone crab claw season opens Oct. 15 in state, federal waters

October 04, 2016 

Florida’s recreational and commercial stone crab claw harvest season opens Oct. 15 in state and federal waters.  

Naturally occurring red tide confirmed in southwest Florida

September 27, 2016 

Since Sept. 13, FWC researchers have processed over 150 water samples from southwest Florida and are working closely with partners to track red tide blooms. 

Hey, kids! Let’s go fishing!

September 26, 2016 

The annual Lake Eaton Kids’ Fishing Derby at the FWC's Ocala Conservation Center and Youth Camp will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, for children ages 6-12.  

Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day Sept. 24

September 23, 2016 

Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day with the FWC Saturday, Sept. 24, by getting outdoors and appreciating the contributions to conservation and wildlife that hunters and anglers make daily.  

Gone Coastal column is back in action with a few new friends

September 21, 2016 

Have a burning question about marine fisheries regulations? Want to know more about catch-and-release? We are here for you. Send your questions, photos, and fishing tales to Saltwater@MyFWC.com.  

Recreational bay scallop season closes Sept. 25

September 19, 2016 

The 2016 recreational season for bay scallops will close Sunday, Sept. 25. The final day of harvesting is Saturday, Sept. 24, bringing an end to the season statewide.  

Two weeks left to qualify for the Lionfish Challenge

September 15, 2016 

The Lionfish Challenge will come to a close Sept. 30, but that is still plenty of time to take and turn in the 50 lionfish it takes to qualify in the program. Every lionfish tail submitted helps control the invasive population. 

Bringing fish back from the Bahamas becomes easier Sept. 13

September 09, 2016 

A new exception goes into place Sept. 13 in state waters, allowing anglers to possess and land filleted dolphin, wahoo and reef fish that were caught in Bahamian waters. 

FWC expands fishing opportunities for black sea bass in Atlantic

September 08, 2016 

Recreational anglers will soon be able to take seven black sea bass per person, per day. The bag limit is currently five.  

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