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FWC announces workshop for possible Okaloosa County boating rule

February 27, 2017 

The FWC will hold a public workshop in Fort Walton Beach to address possible rule amendments reducing vessel speed limits within the Florida Intracoastal Waterway in Okaloosa County.  

Hydrilla treatment scheduled for Lake Hatchineha

February 27, 2017 

The FWC will treat portions of Lake Hatchineha in Osceola County for invasive hydrilla from Feb. 27 through March 10, weather permitting. 

FWC announces final opportunity for municipalities, counties to apply for derelict vessel removal funds

February 24, 2017 

Approximately $399,000 in remaining derelict vessel removal funds are available to state, county and city governments. 

Snook to reopen in Gulf waters

February 22, 2017 

The recreational harvest season for snook reopens March 1 and remains open through April 30 in Florida’s Gulf of Mexico state and adjacent federal waters, including Everglades National Park and Monroe County.  

Florida panther population estimate updated

February 22, 2017 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the FWC have updated the estimated number of endangered Florida panthers to 120 to 230 adult and subadult Florida panthers, according to a February 2017 report from the agencies. 

Free Kids’ Fishing Clinic in Naples promises day of learning and fun

February 22, 2017 

The FWC will offer a free Kids’ Fishing Clinic on March 11 for children between the ages of 5 and 15 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Naples Pier. 

FWC encouraged by 2017 manatee survey

February 20, 2017 

A team of 15 observers from 10 organizations counted 3,488 manatees on Florida’s east coast and 3,132 on the west coast of the state. The FWC is encouraged by a third straight year of a minimum count higher than 6,000 manatees in Florida waters.  

Hydrilla treatment scheduled for Lake Kissimmee

February 20, 2017 

The FWC will treat portions of Lake Kissimmee in Osceola County for invasive hydrilla from Feb. 20 through March 3, weather permitting. 

Hunter safety courses offered in 3 counties

February 16, 2017 

Those interested in attending a course can register online and obtain information about future hunter safety classes at MyFWC.com/HunterSafety or by calling the FWC’s regional office in West Palm Beach at 561-625-5122. 

Join the photo contest celebrating 75 years of Florida’s Wildlife Management Areas!

February 15, 2017 

The FWC launches its 75 Years Wild photo contest encouraging people to explore the natural beauty of Florida’s Wildlife Management Area system.  

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