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FWC reopens Area 3A North in the Everglades WMA complex

May 15, 2018 

Recent rains have raised water levels in the portion of the Everglades and Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area known as 3A North prompting the FWC to reopen the area.  

Nature Coast Fishing for Youth program hosted this summer in Cedar Key

May 11, 2018 

Programs for youth between the ages of 5 and 15 will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., beginning June 5 and extending through July 26, at the Senator George G. Kirkpatrick Marine Laboratory. Advance registration required. 

FWC conducts aquatic plant control on Lake Rousseau

May 03, 2018 

Invasive hydrilla will be treated only in boat trails, but water lettuce and water hyacinth will be treated throughout the lake May 7-18, weather permitting. 

2018 Lionfish Festival, new location, same fun

May 03, 2018 

The 2018 Lionfish Removal and Awareness Festival is Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Flora-Bama Yacht Club and Ole River Grill in Perdido Key on the Florida/Alabama coastal border.  

Beau Turner Youth Conservation Center summer day camp registration now open

May 01, 2018 

Though the emphasis of the materials presented at each camp is different, all campers will have hands-on opportunities to learn outdoor skills from qualified instructors.  

Recreational and commercial trap fishery workshops scheduled for May; your input needed

May 01, 2018 

Potential regulation changes being discussed include requiring all recreational stone and blue crab traps have an FWC-issued tag number affixed to the trap. Several potential regulation changes for the commercial fishery will also be discussed. 

Greater amberjack season opens May 1 in Gulf state waters

April 27, 2018 

The greater amberjack recreational season in Gulf state waters will reopen to harvest May 1 and remain open through May 31. The season will reopen again Aug. 1 through Oct. 31.  

Grouper, hogfish fishing reopens May 1 in Atlantic, Monroe County waters

April 27, 2018 

The following species will reopen to recreational harvest May 1 in Florida state and federal waters of the Atlantic: hogfish; gag, black, red, yellowmouth and yellowfin grouper; scamp; red hind; rock hind; coney; and graysby.  

Media statement: FWC Commission goliath grouper update

April 26, 2018 

The FWC directed staff to continue current goliath grouper research and management, and develop a road map to direct future conservation efforts. They did not pursue a limited harvest.  

FWC approves statewide changes to tripletail and sheepshead management

April 26, 2018 

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

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