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FWC encourages safe boating during Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival

May 31, 2017 

Law enforcement agencies are encouraging all boaters to enjoy their time on the water, but to take a few safety precautions to stay safe.  

FWC conducts aquatic plant control on Lake Rousseau

May 30, 2017 

The FWC will conduct aquatic plant control on Lake Rousseau from June 5 through 16, weather permitting. 

Apalachicola Bay oyster conservation-based changes remain in effect through summer season

May 30, 2017 

The FWC began implementing conservation measures in the fall of 2012 in an effort to help the Apalachicola Bay oyster population recover from the effects of low river flow.  

Hunter safety courses offered in 4 counties

May 26, 2017 

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. 

Moving video testimonials encourage boaters to wear life jackets

May 26, 2017 

For National Safe Boating Week, the FWC is releasing compelling life jacket testimonials from three north Florida families whose lives have been changed by wearing – or not wearing – a life jacket when things went wrong on the water.  

Atlantic snook to close in state and federal waters

May 25, 2017 

The recreational harvest of snook in Atlantic state and federal waters will close on June 1. 

Gag season starts June 1 in Gulf federal and most state waters

May 25, 2017 

The minimum size limit for gag grouper in Gulf waters is 24 inches total length, and the daily bag limit is two fish per person within the four-grouper per person aggregate limit.  

FWC uncovers major alligator violations in long-term covert investigation

May 24, 2017 

During the course of the investigation, FWC undercover officers documented numerous criminal violations, resulting in the arrest of nine individuals for 44 felony violations. 

Free Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic coming up on St. George Island

May 22, 2017 

The free, day-long clinic is June 10 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the St. George Island State Park, 1900 E. Gulf Beach Drive. 

FWC seeks input on conserving Florida burrowing owls in urban landscapes

May 22, 2017 

The FWC will hold open-house style public meetings in June to provide information and gather input on the agency’s development of Conservation Measures and Permitting Guidelines for the Florida burrowing owl.  

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