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New at-risk vessel law helps FWC, officials manage Florida waterways

July 29, 2016 

A new Florida law will enable county and local authorities along with the FWC to issue non-criminal citations to owners who allow their boats to become “at risk” of becoming derelict.  

FWC requests public input at Critical Wildlife Area workshops

July 28, 2016 

A public workshop for the proposed Withlacoochee State Forest Caves CWA will be held on Thursday, Aug. 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Withlacoochee Training Center, 24059 Childs Road, Brooksville. 

Greater amberjack reopens to recreational harvest in Gulf waters Aug. 1

July 27, 2016 

The recreational harvest of greater amberjack will reopen in Gulf state waters Aug. 1. It will remain closed in Gulf federal waters through Dec. 31, 2016.  

Blue Spring Lagoon project will improve fish and wildlife habitat

July 27, 2016 

The FWC will be conducting a month-long project to enhance fish and wildlife habitat at Blue Spring Lagoon in Volusia County. The project will involve removal of material restricting the flow of water through the marsh south of Blue Spring State Park.  

Gray triggerfish recreational harvest closed in Gulf waters through Dec. 31

July 26, 2016 

The recreational harvest of gray triggerfish will remain closed to harvest in Gulf state and federal waters through Dec. 31, with the season reopening Jan. 1, 2017.  

FWC conducts aquatic plant control on Lake Rousseau

July 25, 2016 

Aquatic plant control operations are scheduled for Lake Rousseau during the weeks of Aug. 1 and Aug. 8, weather permitting. Iinvasive hydrilla will be treated in boat trails, and invasive water lettuce and water hyacinth will be treated throughout the lake. 

Melt the butter; spiny lobster seasons start soon

July 20, 2016 

The 2016 spiny lobster season opens with the two-day recreational sport season July 27 and 28, followed by the regular commercial and recreational lobster season, which starts Aug. 6 and runs through March 31. 

Critical Wildlife Area workshop for Dot-Dash-Dit Islands in Manatee County rescheduled to Aug. 11

July 20, 2016 

The public workshop regarding a proposed CWA for Dot-Dash-Dit Islands in Manatee County has been rescheduled to Thursday, Aug. 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The original posted date was July 21.  

FWC requests public input at Critical Wildlife Area workshops

July 18, 2016 

CWAs are established by the FWC under a Florida Administrative Code rule to protect important wildlife concentrations from human disturbance during critical periods of their life cycles, such as breeding, feeding or migration.  

FWC requests public input on venomous reptile rules

July 15, 2016 

In order to effectively receive information and direction from the public, the agency has developed an online survey on SurveyMonkey.com, and will be accepting survey responses and recommendations through July 27, 2016. 

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