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Snook to close in Gulf state and federal waters

April 23, 2018 

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.  

Families invited to free Outdoor Experience at Beau Turner Youth Conservation Center

April 23, 2018 

Enjoy fun outdoor activities Saturday, April 28, at the 2018 Outdoor Experience, a free family event hosted at the Beau Turner Youth Conservation Center.  

Upcoming free Kids’ Fishing Clinics in Pensacola and Fernandina

April 20, 2018 

The FWC hosts these free Kids’ Fishing Clinics for children between the ages of 5 and 15. The Pensacola clinic will be at Vince J. Whibbs Sr. Community Maritime Park and the Fernandina clinic will be at Fort Clinch State Park,. 

Hunter safety courses offered in 3 counties

April 19, 2018 

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. 

Give nesting waterbirds space to help keep them safe

April 19, 2018 

Nesting birds can be easily disturbed if people approach too closely. Such disturbance can cause birds to abandon their nesting sites, exposing eggs and chicks to predators, sun exposure and other harm.  

Sign up for the 2018 Lionfish Challenge, win up to $5,000

April 19, 2018 

Registration for the FWC 2018 Lionfish Challenge is open. Register at MyFWC.com/Lionfish. 

FWC to meet April 25-26 in Fort Lauderdale

April 17, 2018 

For the full April 25-26 agenda and links to background reports, go to MyFWC.com/Commission and select “Commission Meetings.”  

Gov. Scott and FWC announce 40-day recreational red snapper season in Gulf state and federal waters

April 17, 2018 

The FWC and Gov. Rick Scott are excited to announce a 40-day recreational red snapper season for both Gulf state and federal waters. A 24-day season was originally proposed. 

Wildfires and low water prompt restrictions for Everglades WMA

April 17, 2018 

Effective immediately, the order prohibits motorized vehicles, including swamp buggies/tracked vehicles and airboats, in a portion of the Everglades and Francis S. Taylor WMA designated as Water Conservation Area 3A North.  

FWC hosts meeting about Lake Rousseau

April 13, 2018 

This April 27 meeting will begin with an open house at 5:30 p.m. at the Lake Rousseau RV Resort, 10811 N. Coveview Terrace in Crystal River. Presentations begin at 6:30 p.m. 

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