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FWC approves bay scallop season changes for 2017 in St. Joe Bay; discusses other regional changes

February 08, 2017 

At the December 2017 Commission meeting, staff will review public feedback on these changes and make a recommendation for future management.  

FWC to meet Feb. 8-9 in Crystal River

February 01, 2017 

The FWC will meet Feb. 8-9 at the Plantation on Crystal River, 9301 W. Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429.  

FWC gives preliminary approval to changes in Collier County manatee zones

November 17, 2016 

The FWC’s recommendations for changes to Collier County’s manatee zones are based on recent data collected from manatee surveys, deaths and habitat use, as well as boat use data in area waters. 

FWC approves historic plan to conserve imperiled species

November 17, 2016 

At its meeting in St. Petersburg, the FWC approved the Imperiled Species Management Plan, a capstone on five years of work developing the plan, and over a decade of revising the listing process. 

FWC sets new barracuda size limits for south Florida

November 17, 2016 

These changes will apply in state and federal waters off Collier, Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Martin counties only. 

FWC crowns Lionfish King; celebrates removal of more than 111,000 lionfish

November 17, 2016 

The FWC, at the Nov. 17 meeting in St. Petersburg, presented a custom-made, mounted metal lionfish trophy to the FWC’s first-ever Lionfish King, David Garrett. 

Hogfish conservation measures and boundaries set

November 17, 2016 

Hogfish is overfished and undergoing overfishing in the Florida Keys and east Florida. Federal law requires the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to end overfishing immediately and implement a 10-year rebuilding plan. 

Gulf gray triggerfish 2017 recreational season conservation measure approved

November 17, 2016 

The gray triggerfish recreational season will remain closed Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2017, in Gulf state waters. 

FWC’s TrophyCatch program receives national award

November 17, 2016 

The FWC TrophyCatch program received the 2016 Aquatic Education Outstanding Sport Fish Restoration Project of the Year award from the Fisheries Administration Section of the American Fisheries Society. 

FWC approves unprecedented effort to protect vulnerable Florida wildlife

November 16, 2016 

At its November meeting, the FWC approved a proposal to designate 13 new Critical Wildlife Areas and improve five existing CWAs. 

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