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FWC investigating freshwater turtle die-off in central Florida

May 30, 2018 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is investigating a die-off of freshwater turtles and is asking the public to assist by providing information.  

FWC conducts aquatic plant control on Lake Rousseau

May 29, 2018 

The FWC will conduct aquatic plant control on Lake Rousseau from June 4 through June 15, weather permitting. 

Gag season starts June 1 in Gulf federal and most state waters

May 23, 2018 

Gag grouper will open for recreational harvest in most state Gulf of Mexico waters and all federal Gulf waters June 1, and will remain open through Dec. 31.  

Atlantic snook to close in state and federal waters

May 23, 2018 

The recreational harvest of snook in Atlantic state and federal waters will close on June 1. Snook is also currently closed for harvest in Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters, and will reopen for harvest statewide Sept. 1.  

Amberjack, gray triggerfish close June 1 in Gulf state waters

May 23, 2018 

The recreational harvest of greater amberjack and gray triggerfish in Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters closes June 1 and will remain closed through July 31, reopening Aug. 1. 

Lionfish tournaments remove 15,000 lionfish, including 5 tagged Lionfish Challenge fish

May 22, 2018 

More than 200 people have already registered to participate in the statewide Challenge, which rewards lionfish harvesters with prizes for their lionfish removals, tagged or not.  

Hunter safety courses offered in 5 counties

May 18, 2018 

Those interested in attending a course can register online and obtain information about future hunter safety classes at or by calling the FWC’s regional office in West Palm Beach at 561-625-5122.  

Don’t forget: 2018 Lionfish Festival is this weekend

May 17, 2018 

The 2018 Lionfish Removal and Awareness Festival is Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Flora-Bama Yacht Club and Ole River Grill in Perdido Key on the Florida/Alabama coastal border.  

FWC: Safe boating saves lives

May 17, 2018 

Each year, FWC officers respond to far too many tragic and preventable boating accidents, so they want all boaters to remember to boat safely. 

2017 boating accident statistics provide an opportunity for boating safety reminders

May 16, 2018 

In 2017, 261 boating accidents involved collisions and 38 percent of all collisions were due to inattention or the operator failing to maintain a proper lookout.  

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