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Mutton snapper management changes approved, effective Jan. 1

September 08, 2016 

The FWC approved several mutton snapper management changes at the September meeting in St. Augustine. The changes will go into effect Jan. 1, 2017. 

FWC conducts aquatic plant control on Lake Rousseau

September 06, 2016 

About 155 acres of invasive hydrilla will be treated only on the boat trails of this lake bordering Citrus and Levy counties during the weeks of Sept. 5 and Sept. 12, weather permitting.  

Free Kids’ Fishing Clinic promises day of learning, fun

September 06, 2016 

The FWC will offer a free Kids’ Fishing Clinic for children between the ages of 5 and 15 from 9 a.m. to noon, Sept. 17 at Ken Thompson Park. 

Apalachicola Bay commercial oyster bag limit lowered to 3; other conservation-based changes remain in effect

August 31, 2016 

The commercial bag limit for oysters in Apalachicola Bay will be lowered to three bags per harvester during the winter season, Sept. 1 through May 31.  

Bay scallop season in St. Joseph Bay closes Sept. 6

August 30, 2016 

Bay scallop season will close for harvest in the St. Joseph Bay area Sept. 6, with the last day of harvest being open on Sept. 5, 2016 (Labor Day). 

Limited harvest for snook starts Sept. 1

August 29, 2016 

The recreational harvest season for snook starts Sept. 1 statewide. During the open season, the daily bag limit is one fish per person.  

2016 Gulf recreational red snapper state weekend season reopens Sept. 2

August 29, 2016 

The 2016 recreational red snapper season in Gulf of Mexico state waters (shore to 9 nautical miles) will reopen Sept. 2 and remain open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in September and October, and on Labor Day.  

Blue crab trap closure ending early

August 25, 2016 

Recreational and commercial blue crab traps may be placed back in state waters (shore to 3 nautical miles, including intracoastal waterways) from the Georgia-Florida line through Volusia County starting tomorrow, Aug. 25.  

‘Hands off!’ is best policy for sea turtle hatchlings

August 25, 2016 

Well-meaning efforts to rescue a sea turtle hatchling by helping it leave a nest or picking it up and placing it in the ocean are not good ideas, according to FWC biologists. 

Exotic Pet Amnesty Day set for Sept. 3 in Brevard County

August 24, 2016 

The FWC and the Brevard Zoo are holding an Exotic Pet Amnesty Day event on Saturday, Sept. 3 at the Brevard Zoo. People can surrender their exotic pets at the event without penalty or cost, whether they are being kept legally or illegally.  

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