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Gopher tortoises more active in spring, just in time for Florida Gopher Tortoise Day

April 04, 2018 

Anyone, or any group like a neighborhood association, can celebrate Gopher Tortoise Day and help conserve the tortoise. Go to GopherTortoiseDayFL.com for information and activities for April 10 and all year long. 

Get involved! Be an FWC volunteer!

April 03, 2018 

The FWC is celebrating its volunteers who help conserve fish, wildlife and habitats, and help improve public access and skills related to outdoor experiences such as hunting, fishing, boating and wildlife viewing. 

FWC provides tips for living with alligators

March 26, 2018 

Because alligators control their body temperature by basking in the sun, they may be easily observed. However, the FWC urges people to keep their distance if they see one. And never feed alligators because it is dangerous and illegal.  

FWC celebrates 25th anniversary of the Tenoroc Youth Fishing Derby

March 26, 2018 

The FWC invites you to a free youth freshwater fishing derby at Tenoroc Public Use Area and Youth Conservation Center in Lakeland on April 7, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Pre-registration is required for the derby.  

FWC plans to improve navigation on Lake Harris

March 26, 2018 

The FWC plans to treat hydrilla on portions of Lake Harris during the week of March 26-30, weather permitting.  

Suncoast Youth Conservation Center summer day camp registration now open

March 23, 2018 

. The Center’s weeklong camps in Apollo Beach are a fun way for kids who have completed grades 3-8 to learn about saltwater fishing, kayaking and marine science.  

Permit spawning season closure inside the Special Permit Zone starts April 1

March 22, 2018 

This closure includes all state and federal waters south of Cape Sable on the Gulf coast, and south of Cape Florida on the Atlantic coast including all of the Florida Keys and Biscayne Bay.  

Spiny lobster season closes April 1

March 21, 2018 

The spiny lobster recreational and commercial season closes to harvest in state and federal waters starting April 1, and will reopen Aug. 6.  

4 Florida counties open April 1 to gag grouper recreational harvest

March 20, 2018 

State waters off the coast of Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties will open to recreational harvest of gag grouper starting April 1. This regional season will remain open through June 30.  

Exotic Pet Amnesty Day set for March 25 in Poinciana

March 19, 2018 

People may surrender their exotic pets at the event, whether they are being kept legally or illegally, without penalty or cost.  

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