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2015 boating accident statistics provide an opportunity for boating safety reminders

May 18, 2016 

Nearly half of boating accidents in 2015 involved collisions and 34 percent of all collisions were due to inattention or the operator failing to maintain a proper look-out.  

A whopping 8,089 lionfish removed off Pensacola, state size record broken, during second Lionfish Day

May 18, 2016 

In Pensacola, 8,089 lionfish were removed in only two days at the Gulf Coast Lionfish Coalition Tournament. At FWC supported events statewide that weekend and leading up to that weekend, another 5,978 lionfish were removed for a total of 14,067 statewide. 

Davis Lake project to improve fish and wildlife habitat

May 18, 2016 

Davis Lake, part of the Tsala Apopka chain of lakes near Inverness in Citrus County, is the site of a project being conducted to improve fish and wildlife habitat, as well as water circulation, in the marsh.  

FWC: safe boating saves lives

May 18, 2016 

In conjunction with National Safe Boating Week, the Governor’s Office has issued a proclamation extending best wishes to all May 21-27, 2016, for Safe Boating Week in Florida.  

FWC partnership to support high school fishing

May 16, 2016 

This grant will allow the FWC, FLW Foundation and The Bass Federation to combine their efforts to not only increase high school student interest and participation in fishing teams and clubs, but to also provide students and families with important boating and angler safety education.  

Hunter safety internet-completion courses offered in June

May 12, 2016 

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 Lake City at 386-758-0525. 

Exotic Pet Amnesty Day set for May 14 in Kissimmee

May 10, 2016 

People can surrender their exotic pets at the event without penalty or cost, whether they are being kept legally or illegally. The Exotic Pet Amnesty program helps to reduce the number of nonnative species being released into the wild.  

Stone crab season closes May 16

May 09, 2016 

The commercial and recreational harvest of stone crab claws in Florida closes on May 16, with the last day of harvest on May 15. Stone crab season will reopen on Oct. 15.  

Sturgeon collision on Suwannee injures Alachua man

May 09, 2016 

Ronald Dick was up river from Manatee Springs when a 4- to 5-foot sturgeon leapt out of the water and into the boat, striking the man, knocking him unconscious, according to FWC officers.  

Events and rewards programs mark Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day 2016

May 05, 2016 

Join the FWC in celebrating Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day May 14 by attending an event or by participating in one of two new lionfish removal programs, the Lionfish Challenge and the Panhandle Pilot Program. 

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