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Time to get crackin’; spiny lobster seasons start soon

July 20, 2017 

The 2017 spiny lobster season opens with the two-day recreational sport season July 26 and 27, followed by the regular commercial and recreational lobster season, which starts Aug. 6 and runs through March 31, 2018. 

New FWC BearWise funding will focus on communities with ordinances

July 20, 2017 

The funding will offset the costs for residents and businesses to use bear-resistant equipment to secure their garbage from bears.  

Spotted seatrout workshops scheduled late July/early August; FWC needs your input

July 19, 2017 

Learn more about the current status of spotted seatrout and share your input on management of this fishery by attending one of these workshops.  

Stick on a decal to show support for Florida’s manatees, sea turtles

July 19, 2017 

Decals generate funding for research, rescue and management efforts that help Florida’s manatees and sea turtles survive.  

Gulf County scallop season opens July 25

July 18, 2017 

Starting July 25, all state waters from the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County to the Pasco-Hernando county line will be open for harvest of bay scallops.  

Big Bend blue crab trap closure starts July 20

July 18, 2017 

Recreational and commercial blue crab traps in state waters from Hernando through Wakulla counties, including all waters of the Ochlockonee River and Bay, must be removed from the water before July 20, the first day of a 10-day trap closure.  

FWC workshop in Brevard County encourages local governments to conserve gopher tortoises

July 17, 2017 

The goal of these workshops is to identify ways cities and counties can participate in conserving one of Florida’s threatened species. In addition, the FWC will discuss financial incentives available for local governments. 

FWC workshop in St. Lucie County encourages local governments to conserve gopher tortoises

July 17, 2017 

The goal of these workshops is to identify ways cities and counties can participate in conserving one of Florida’s threatened species. In addition, the FWC will discuss financial incentives available for local governments. 

Take someone hunting, fishing or target shooting and enter a chance to win NASCAR or Ultimate Outdoor Experience

July 12, 2017 

By pledging to introduce someone to the outdoors between now and NHF Day on Saturday, Sept. 23, participants will be eligible to win either a Richard Childress Racing VIP package or the Ultimate Outdoor Experience. 

Cal Cooksey receives Youth Hunting Program’s Landowner of the Year award

July 11, 2017 

At its July meeting in Orlando, the FWC presented Cal Cooksey of Sawdust with the Landowner of the Year award for his generous support of the FWC’s Youth Hunting Program of Florida.  

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