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2016 Gulf recreational red snapper state season opens weekends starting May 7

May 02, 2016 

This season will help maintain fishing opportunities for recreational anglers in state waters and provide additional May and fall weekend fishing days. 

Fish don’t talk, but we can

May 02, 2016 

It's critical that FWC staff and stakeholders, such as freshwater anglers and boaters, collaborate to ensure the use of the most appropriate fisheries management practices.  

Shorebird art contest: Kids celebrating mothers and chicks

April 29, 2016 

The FWC and Audubon Florida are launching an art contest for kids to celebrate moms and raise awareness about beach-nesting shorebirds and seabirds in Florida.  

FWC announces May start of sea turtle nesting season on many Florida beaches

April 29, 2016 

The FWC recommends residents and visitors in northwest Florida and all coastal communities follow a few simple guidelines in order to help conserve sea turtles and their hatchlings.  

NW Florida red drum bag limit lowered to 1 fish starting May 1

April 29, 2016 

The recreational red drum daily bag limit in the northwest red drum management zone (Escambia County through Fred Howard Park near Pasco County) will be lowered from two fish to one fish per person starting Sunday, May 1.  

Snook to close in Gulf state and federal waters

April 29, 2016 

Snook will close to all harvest in Gulf state, federal and inland waters, including all of Monroe County and Everglades National Park, starting May 1.  

FWC hosts bay scallop meeting in Port St. Joe April 27

April 27, 2016 

FWC is hosting a meeting starting at 5 p.m. ET, Wednesday, April 27 at the Robert M. Moore Administration Building in Port St. Joe. FWC research and management staff will be on hand, along with representatives of local government, to field questions. 

Changes to alligator hunt application process

April 26, 2016 

On May 6, the FWC will begin accepting applications for a chance to participate in its annual recreational alligator hunting season, which always runs Aug. 15 – Nov. 1.  

Help plan the future of Platt Branch Wildlife and Environmental Area

April 26, 2016 

A 10-year plan for the Platt Branch WEA will be presented at a public hearing in Highlands County on Thursday, May 5. People are invited to attend the 7 p.m. public hearing at the Sebring Civic Center, 355 W. Center Ave. 

FWC goes big to conserve Florida wildlife

April 25, 2016 

The FWC is initiating a statewide effort to conserve Florida’s most vulnerable wildlife. Staff are working to compile a package of potential new Critical Wildlife Areas for discussion at the June Commission meeting. 

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