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Lionfish beware: FWC approves two-part lionfish removal effort for 2016

April 14, 2016 

At its April 13 meeting, the FWC approved a two-part lionfish plan to further encourage removals of the invasive species in 2016. The initiative will include a statewide reward program that will expand upon 2015 efforts and a Panhandle Pilot Program.  

Red drum bag limit lowered to 1 fish in northwest Florida starting May 1

April 14, 2016 

At its April 13 meeting, the FWC approved a measure to lower the recreational red drum daily bag limit in the northwest red drum management zone (Escambia County through Fred Howard Park near Pasco County) from two fish to one fish per person. This change will go into effect Sunday, May 1.  

FWC Commissioners provide direction on potential changes to venomous reptile regulations

April 14, 2016 

At its April 14 meeting the FWC approved further action by FWC staff to work with a Technical Advisory Group, industry experts and others to refine proposed changes to existing rules, including a possible venomous reptile classification system, then return at a future meeting with a draft rule for the Commission to consider.  

Python Challenge™ and other tools help FWC manage conflict wildlife

April 14, 2016 

At its April meeting, staff provided the FWC with an update on efforts to manage conflict wildlife, including a summary of the recent 2016 Python Challenge™.  

Attempt to capture and relocate panther is successful

April 13, 2016 

On April 12, the FWC and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service captured a Florida panther that has been frequenting a neighborhood near Immokalee in Collier County. 

FWC deactivates idle-speed, no-wake restrictions on Suwannee River’s Zone 1; three zones still active

April 13, 2016 

The Suwannee River dropped below the activation trigger at Ellaville Tuesday, prompting the FWC to deactivate idle-speed, no-wake restrictions for the area of the river from U.S. 90 in Ellaville south to State Road 51 in Luraville. 

Sherri Collins, Palm Beach County ASA, honored as FWC Prosecutor of the Year

April 13, 2016 

During the April 13 Commission meeting at Harbourside Place in Jupiter, the FWC honored Palm Beach County Assistant State Attorney Sherri Collins with the agency’s Prosecutor of the Year Award.  

2016 Gulf recreational red snapper state season set

April 13, 2016 

The 2016 season will open Saturdays and Sundays in May starting May 7. On May 28, the season will open continuously through July 10. Finally, the season will reopen for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in September and October, and on Labor Day.  

“Wear It Florida!” – Life jackets save lives

April 11, 2016 

As a boater, the FWC encourages you to download and link to the video “Life Jackets” for use on your social media channels and websites. 

Santa Fe, Suwannee idle-speed, no-wake zones activated

April 11, 2016 

Because of the recent rains and the rising water levels, the Santa Fe River’s Zone 7 and the Suwannee River’s Zone 3 gauges have risen to the point of activating the idle-speed, no-wake zones, according to FWC officials. Zones 1 and 8 were activated last week.  

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Gulf sturgeon are considered anadromous, from the Greek, meaning fishes that travel back and forth between fresh and salt water.

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