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FWC approves spiny lobster commercial bully net fishery changes

February 08, 2017 

The FWC has received input from stakeholders about the increasing participation in the commercial bully net lobster fishery, and these changes will help address some of those concerns. 

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 discusses goliath grouper; Gulf red snapper, gray triggerfish and gag grouper

February 08, 2017 

At its February meeting in Crystal River, the FWC discussed future management possibilities for goliath grouper, Gulf of Mexico red snapper, Gulf of Mexico gray triggerfish, and Gulf of Mexico gag grouper.  

Snook reopens in Atlantic state waters

January 25, 2017 

The recreational harvest season for snook reopens on Feb. 1 in Florida’s Atlantic coastal and inland waters (from the Miami-Dade/Monroe county line north), including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River.  

Free hands-on marine activities at Suncoast Youth Conservation Center’s open house

January 24, 2017 

Those attending the free event will have the opportunity to learn how to cast a fishing rod, discover the campus through a scavenger hunt, and experience the Center’s exhibits. 

FWC holding public meeting on proposed changes to Collier County manatee zones

January 23, 2017 

The meeting will be on Jan. 31 from 5 to 8 p.m., in the Collier County Board of County Commissioners chambers, third floor, 3299 Tamiami Trail E., Naples.  

Irula tribesmen and detector dogs help UF/IFAS and FWC remove pythons in Florida

January 23, 2017 

The FWC and UF/IFAS continue to work with other partners on additional projects aimed at removing pythons and other nonnative species in Florida.  

Imperiled Species Management Plan rule changes are in effect

January 18, 2017 

The plan outlines the steps to conserve 57 species along with the broader vision of restoring habitats essential to the long-term survival of multiple fish and wildlife species. 

FWC hosts WMA anniversary event at Babcock-Webb

January 17, 2017 

The FWC will host a free public event Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Fred C. Babcock/Cecil M. Webb Wildlife Management Area, 29200 Tuckers Grade, Punta Gorda. 

Fishbrain app to help FWC track nonnative freshwater fish

December 20, 2016 

The FWC plans to crowdsource data on nonnative freshwater fish species in Florida by partnering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Fishbrain – the world’s largest app and social network for anglers.  

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