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Orange Lake management activities to be presented at Sept. 8 public meeting

August 30, 2016 

Proposed management activities at Orange Lake during the upcoming year will be presented by the FWC at a public meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8.  

Limited harvest for snook starts Sept. 1

August 29, 2016 

The recreational harvest season for snook starts Sept. 1 statewide. During the open season, the daily bag limit is one fish per person.  

2016 Gulf recreational red snapper state weekend season reopens Sept. 2

August 29, 2016 

The 2016 recreational red snapper season in Gulf of Mexico state waters (shore to 9 nautical miles) will reopen Sept. 2 and remain open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in September and October, and on Labor Day.  

Blue crab trap closure ending early

August 25, 2016 

Recreational and commercial blue crab traps may be placed back in state waters (shore to 3 nautical miles, including intracoastal waterways) from the Georgia-Florida line through Volusia County starting tomorrow, Aug. 25.  

High school fishing grants now available for student saltwater anglers in Florida

August 25, 2016 

The program will provide grants of up to $500 per club or team to assist with expenses related to fishing team or club-sponsored tournaments, team jerseys, insurance, and education for novice anglers.  

Free Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic coming up in

August 23, 2016 

The free, day-long clinic is from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Big Lagoon State Park, 12301 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. 

Aerial spraying planned to control invasive plants on St. Johns River

August 19, 2016 

The aerial spraying will be conducted by Coastal Air Service Inc. utilizing helicopters. It is scheduled for Aug. 23-26 and potentially Aug. 29, weather permitting. 

Bay scallop season in St. Joseph Bay opens Aug. 22 with bag limit changes

August 18, 2016 

Bay scallop season will open for harvest in the St. Joseph Bay area Aug. 22 and will remain open through Sept. 5, 2016. During this shortened season, the daily bag limit will be 40 scallops per person or 200 per vessel, whichever is less.  

One east coast blue crab trap closure ends early, another starts Aug. 20

August 16, 2016 

These 10-day trap closures give groups authorized by the FWC the opportunity to identify and retrieve lost and abandoned blue crab traps from the water. 

East coast blue crab trap closures start Aug. 20

August 15, 2016 

For more information regarding the FWC’s trap-retrieval program, blue crab trap closure dates, regulations and cleanup events, go to MyFWC.com/Fishing (click on “Saltwater Fishing,” then “Trap & Debris”).  

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