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Signing up to participate in the Gulf Reef Fish Survey becomes mandatory April 1

March 19, 2015 

Signing up to participate in the Gulf Reef Fish Survey becomes mandatory April 1, so sign up today. The easy, no-cost process will help the FWC paint a clearer picture of how many people are targeting Gulf reef fish and what anglers are seeing on the water.  

Help plan the future of T.M. Goodwin Waterfowl Management Area

March 17, 2015 

A 10-year plan for the T.M. Goodwin Waterfowl Management Area will be presented Tuesday, March 31. People are invited to the 7 p.m. public hearing at the Brevard County Commission Chambers, 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, in Viera. 

Biologists tally a record high manatee count

March 16, 2015 

Aerial surveys are conducted annually, weather permitting, to provide researchers with a count of manatees visible in Florida waters at the time of the survey. During the February count, a team of 20 observers from 11 organizations counted 3,333 manatees on Florida’s east coast and 2,730 on the west coast of the state.  

Join FWC webinars to comment on black bear management plan

March 16, 2015 

The webinars will be held March 23 and March 26, each beginning at 6 p.m. EDT. Those interested in viewing the webinar must register for either session. 

FWC asks beachgoers to help survey spawning horseshoe crabs

March 16, 2015 

As spring approaches, horseshoe crabs congregate to spawn along sandy beaches and shallow coastal waters throughout the state. FWC biologists are asking the public to assist in the FWC’s survey effort by reporting horseshoe crab sightings and other useful information. 

New shoal bass state record certified

March 13, 2015 

Tucker Martin, 17, from Chipley, set a new state record for shoal bass on Sunday, March 8 by catching a 4.49 pounder that measured 20.3 inches in total length, with a girth of 14.4 inches. 

Public input sought on FWC permit request to restore 46 area lakes, water bodies

March 12, 2015 

The FWC seeks a permit that would authorize all of its routine mechanical aquatic plant maintenance activities related to habitat restoration and navigation maintenance within these water bodies for a period of 15 years.  

Little Lake Harris to receive hydrilla treatment

March 12, 2015 

Hydrilla is an invasive, exotic, aquatic plant spread easily by boats throughout the state's lakes and rivers. Managing and treating it is necessary for the health of Florida's waters and to enable continued recreational boating and other aquatic activities. 

Public input sought on permit request allowing FWC lake restoration in south Florida

March 11, 2015 

The proposed restoration activities on lakes and other water bodies would improve habitat for fish and wildlife and provide outdoor opportunities for boating, angling and wildlife viewing. 

Public input sought on FWC permit request for lake restoration

March 09, 2015 

The FWC is seeking a permit which would authorize all of its routine mechanical aquatic plant maintenance activities related to habitat restoration and navigation maintenance within these water bodies for a period of 15 years.  

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