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Placement of artificial reef modules off Mexico Beach now complete

June 07, 2017 

A total of 471 prefabricated concrete artificial reef modules were deployed in three artificial reef permitted areas offshore of Mexico Beach.  

2017 bay scallop season in Dixie/Taylor counties starts June 16

June 07, 2017 

These new season dates are for 2017 only and are an opportunity to explore regionally-specific bay scallop seasons.  

FWC Commission to discuss changes to Gulf red snapper season during special meeting Friday June 9

June 06, 2017 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will have a special meeting at 2 p.m. EDT Friday, June 9, to discuss the Gulf red snapper season for private recreational anglers in state and federal waters.  

Fishing booms in the Everglades

June 01, 2017 

. Low water levels in the marsh are concentrating fish in the L-67A and other canals of the Everglades WMA, and anglers are frequently reporting catches of multiple fish per hour.  

FWC conducts aquatic plant control on Lake Rousseau

May 30, 2017 

The FWC will conduct aquatic plant control on Lake Rousseau from June 5 through 16, weather permitting. 

Apalachicola Bay oyster conservation-based changes remain in effect through summer season

May 30, 2017 

The FWC began implementing conservation measures in the fall of 2012 in an effort to help the Apalachicola Bay oyster population recover from the effects of low river flow.  

Atlantic snook to close in state and federal waters

May 25, 2017 

The recreational harvest of snook in Atlantic state and federal waters will close on June 1. 

Gag season starts June 1 in Gulf federal and most state waters

May 25, 2017 

The minimum size limit for gag grouper in Gulf waters is 24 inches total length, and the daily bag limit is two fish per person within the four-grouper per person aggregate limit.  

Free Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic coming up on St. George Island

May 22, 2017 

The free, day-long clinic is June 10 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the St. George Island State Park, 1900 E. Gulf Beach Drive. 

Remember: Lionfish Challenge 2017 starts tomorrow on Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day

May 19, 2017 

The 2017 Lionfish Challenge rewards recreational and commercial lionfish harvesters for their removal efforts with prizes and incentives.  

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