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Stone crab season closes May 16

May 15, 2018 

The commercial and recreational harvest of stone crab claws in Florida closes on May 16, with the last day of harvest on May 15. Stone crab season will reopen on Oct. 15.  

FWC captures bear posing public safety threat

May 11, 2018 

FWC biologists believe the adult bear is responsible for attacking several dogs and opening and entering multiple unoccupied, parked vehicles.  

Air potato leaf beetles coming to north Florida to help control invasive vine

May 10, 2018 

The FWC and partners are sponsoring an Air Potato Challenge to distribute air potato leaf beetles to people trying to get rid of invasive air potato vines on their property.  

Sea turtle nesting begins in May on many beaches

May 09, 2018 

Beachfront property owners and beach visitors can help nesting turtles and hatchlings by turning off or shielding lights that are visible from the beach at night. 

Exotic Pet Amnesty Day set for May 19 in St. Petersburg

May 07, 2018 

People may surrender their exotic pets at the event, whether they are being kept legally or illegally, without penalty or cost. The Exotic Pet Amnesty Program offers a legal alternative to releasing exotic pets that owners can no longer keep.  

Sturgeon returning to the Suwannee River

May 03, 2018 

While boating on the Suwanee River, going slow is recommended to reduce the risk of impact and allow for more reaction time if a jumping sturgeon is encountered. 

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.  

Springtime spurs activity for Florida black bears

May 02, 2018 

The FWC reminds Florida residents and visitors they can take steps to reduce negative interactions with bears and other wildlife. 

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. 

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.  

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