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Snook Symposium Jan. 13; sign up today

December 14, 2015 

The day-long discussion is open to the public and will focus on snook management and research in Florida, including the results of the soon-to-be released 2015 stock assessment, population recovery following the 2010 cold kill, and opportunities for improving snook management. 

Learn how to catch a python with free hands-on training in Fort Myers, Naples

December 14, 2015 

Visit PythonChallenge.org for more information about 2016 Python Challenge™ registration and training opportunities. You can also learn about Burmese pythons, the unique Everglades ecosystem and details about the 2016 Python Challenge™, including information about registration, competition rules, online contests and more. 

FWC commends recently approved Seminole County bear ordinance

December 10, 2015 

The FWC commends Seminole County on its unanimous vote to approve an ordinance that will help deter bears from lingering in Seminole County neighborhoods. The ordinance requires residents to take precautions to remove food attractants such as unsecured garbage, and encourages the use of bear-resistant trash receptacles.  

FWC investigates bird deaths on Neptune Beach

December 10, 2015 

The FWC received reports about the dead birds over Thanksgiving weekend. Many of the birds were too decomposed to determine cause of death, so officials are unsure what happened to the animals. 

Snook harvest seasonal closure in Atlantic starts Dec. 15

December 09, 2015 

The recreational harvest season for snook closes Dec. 15 in Atlantic state and federal waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River, and will remain closed through Jan. 31, 2016, reopening to harvest Feb. 1. Snook can be caught and released during the closed season. 

FWC ‘releases’ snakes throughout Florida as part of 2016 Python Challenge™

December 08, 2015 

The FWC is conducting a Virtual Snake Finding Mission, “releasing” toy snakes near popular Florida landmarks in an effort to raise awareness about nonnative species in Florida. The search for the toy snakes ̶ which are superimposed on pictures of Florida landmarks ̶ is part of the 2016 Python Challenge™.  

TrophyCatch awards a bass boat package

December 08, 2015 

The FWC randomly selected Ed Prather as winner of a Phoenix 619 Pro bass boat and trailer that came with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard, MotorGuide trolling motor and Power-Pole anchoring system. This year, Bartow Ford added a surprise gift of $1,000 towards the purchase of one of their vehicles to pull the boat. 

TrophyCatch prepares to announce winner of a bass boat package

December 04, 2015 

On Dec. 5, at approximately 1 p.m. at the Bartow Ford Winter Wonderland event in north Bartow, FWC staff will conduct a random drawing among five TrophyCatch finalists to see who wins a $40,000 Phoenix bass boat. 

Fish Kill Hotline celebrates 20 years of advancing science

December 01, 2015 

The FWC's Fish Kill Hotline remains an invaluable resource for the public and science community. Entering its 21st year, the hotline continues its mission of investigating fish kills and building a broad index of data for further scientific research and management. 

Give the gift of fishing this season

December 01, 2015 

When contemplating presents for the fishing enthusiasts in your life, you may want to start with a personal touch and plan some time together on the water. 

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