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Lionfish Challenge comes to a close; 16,609 total removed

October 04, 2016 

The invasive lionfish took a major hit this summer: a total of 16,609 lionfish were removed during the 4.5 month Lionfish Challenge, which came to a close Sept. 30.  

Stone crab claw season opens Oct. 15 in state, federal waters

October 04, 2016 

Florida’s recreational and commercial stone crab claw harvest season opens Oct. 15 in state and federal waters.  

FWC continues cutting-edge science to collect data on Florida’s widespread bear population

September 29, 2016 

To continue the cutting-edge science being conducted on Florida’s black bears, FWC researchers recently placed radio-collars on 16 adult female bears to track their movements in and around Tates Hell State Forest in northwest Florida.  

Naturally occurring red tide confirmed in southwest Florida

September 27, 2016 

Since Sept. 13, FWC researchers have processed over 150 water samples from southwest Florida and are working closely with partners to track red tide blooms. 

Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day Sept. 24

September 23, 2016 

Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day with the FWC Saturday, Sept. 24, by getting outdoors and appreciating the contributions to conservation and wildlife that hunters and anglers make daily.  

Burmese python hatchlings seen on Key Largo:

September 22, 2016 

One 18-inch-long Burmese python was found on Aug. 2, 2016, in Key Largo, and a second similar-sized python was found on Aug. 3 in the same location. A third hatchling was found on Aug. 23 in north Key Largo.  

FWC land manager receives award from Cabinet

September 22, 2016 

Tina Hannon, a biologist at the FWC's Three Lakes WMA, received the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Resource Manager of the Year award at the Governor and Cabinet’s Sept. 20 meeting in Tallahassee. 

Gone Coastal column is back in action with a few new friends

September 21, 2016 

Have a burning question about marine fisheries regulations? Want to know more about catch-and-release? We are here for you. Send your questions, photos, and fishing tales to Saltwater@MyFWC.com.  

FWC: As autumn approaches, bears across Florida become more active

September 20, 2016 

Floridians should be extra vigilant in securing potential food sources around their homes and businesses. 

Recreational bay scallop season closes Sept. 25

September 19, 2016 

The 2016 recreational season for bay scallops will close Sunday, Sept. 25. The final day of harvesting is Saturday, Sept. 24, bringing an end to the season statewide.  

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