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Hunter safety internet-completion courses offered in September

August 14, 2018 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering free hunter safety internet-completion courses in 13 counties during September (list follows). 

Blue crab trap closure ending early; Aug. 20-29 trap closure also cancelled

August 13, 2018 

Recreational and commercial blue crab traps may be placed back in state waters (shore to 3 nautical miles, including intracoastal waterways) from Brevard through Palm Beach counties starting Aug. 14. 

Lake Piney Z named a Top Mom-Approved Place to Fish and Boat

August 10, 2018 

After six weeks of nationwide voting, Tallahassee’s Lake Piney Z Fish Management Area was awarded fourth place in the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation’s contest to rank the Top 10 Mom-Approved Places to Fish and Boat in the nation. It was recognized for its vibrant fishery, wildlife-viewing opportunities, paddle trails, boat ramps, bike/walking trails, playground and family-friendly amenities. 

3 idle-speed, no-wake zones now activated on Santa Fe River

August 08, 2018 

A third idle-speed, no-wake zone was activated today on the Santa Fe River, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officials. 

Idle-speed, no-wake restrictions activated on Santa Fe River’s Zone 5

July 26, 2018 

Idle-speed, no-wake restrictions were activated today for Zone 5 on the Santa Fe River, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officials. 

FWC conducts aquatic plant control on Lake Rousseau

July 03, 2018 

Invasive hydrilla will be treated only in boat trails, but water lettuce and water hyacinth will be treated throughout the lake. 

Bay scallop season opens June 16 in Dixie County and a portion of Taylor County

June 11, 2018 

The 2018 recreational bay scallop season for Dixie County and a portion of Taylor County opens June 16 and will remain open through Sept. 10.  

FWC conducts aquatic plant control on Lake Rousseau

May 29, 2018 

The FWC will conduct aquatic plant control on Lake Rousseau from June 4 through June 15, weather permitting. 

Nature Coast Fishing for Youth program hosted this summer in Cedar Key

May 11, 2018 

Programs for youth between the ages of 5 and 15 will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., beginning June 5 and extending through July 26, at the Senator George G. Kirkpatrick Marine Laboratory. Advance registration required. 

Sturgeon returning to the Suwannee River

May 03, 2018 

While boating on the Suwanee River, going slow is recommended to reduce the risk of impact and allow for more reaction time if a jumping sturgeon is encountered. 

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