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Additional weekend added to Gulf gray triggerfish fall state season due to Hurricane Irma

September 29, 2017 

Gray triggerfish will open in Gulf of Mexico state waters for recreational harvest Oct. 21 and 22, in addition to previously scheduled dates of Oct. 7 and 8, and Oct. 14 and 15.  

FWC certifies new state record jaguar guapote

September 05, 2017 

FWC fisheries biologists certified a new state record jaguar guapote, weighing 2.78 pounds and measuring 16.7 inches long, caught by 14-year-old angler Jerry Martin from Miami.  

FWC releases new videos to help Florida residents avoid conflicts with bears

August 31, 2017 

These videos are designed to help educate the public about how to safely coexist with bears in Florida. 

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. 

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.  

Help hatchlings home by leaving them alone

August 22, 2017 

Sea turtle hatchlings are small and appear helpless, so people may make the mistake of thinking they need assistance getting to the water. But you can help hatchlings home by leaving them alone. 

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.  

Hogfish conservation measures and boundaries effective Aug. 24

August 14, 2017 

The size limit increase and recreational season will allow Atlantic hogfish more opportunities to spawn before entering the fishery and, along with a bag limit change, will help rebuild the Keys/east Florida hogfish population to sustainable levels.  

Update: Gulf County bay scallop season opening remains postponed

August 04, 2017 

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

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