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Red Tide Current Status
This summary report of current red tide conditions around Florida includes a map of sampling results and regional status reports.


Stocked Bass Learn Survival Skills
Researchers experiment with new hatchery procedures to better prepare young largemouth bass for the perils of the wild.


Largemouth Bass Tagging Studies
Tagging studies help biologists learn about largemouth bass populations and associated fishing activity throughout Florida.


What do Florida Largemouth Bass Need to Reach Trophy Size?
Biologists discuss what factors contribute to the growth of trophy-sized Florida largemouth bass.


On a Quest for a Freshwater Giant: Alligator Gar
A tagging study reveals a few secrets of Atractosteus spatula, but the bigger mystery is yet to be solved: how many of its kind populate Florida rivers?


Black Crappie Length Limits FAQ

Biologists explain the science behind black crappie length limits and answer common questions from anglers.



FWC Facts:
Red tides have been documented along Florida's Gulf coast since the 1840s and likely occurred earlier. Fish kills around Tampa Bay were mentioned in the logs of Spanish explorers.

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