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

May 23, 2018 

Gag grouper will open for recreational harvest in most state Gulf of Mexico waters and all federal Gulf waters June 1, and will remain open through Dec. 31.  

Atlantic snook to close in state and federal waters

May 23, 2018 

The recreational harvest of snook in Atlantic state and federal waters will close on June 1. Snook is also currently closed for harvest in Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters, and will reopen for harvest statewide Sept. 1.  

Amberjack, gray triggerfish close June 1 in Gulf state waters

May 23, 2018 

The recreational harvest of greater amberjack and gray triggerfish in Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters closes June 1 and will remain closed through July 31, reopening Aug. 1. 

Lionfish tournaments remove 15,000 lionfish, including 5 tagged Lionfish Challenge fish

May 22, 2018 

More than 200 people have already registered to participate in the statewide Challenge, which rewards lionfish harvesters with prizes for their lionfish removals, tagged or not.  

Don’t forget: 2018 Lionfish Festival is this weekend

May 17, 2018 

The 2018 Lionfish Removal and Awareness Festival is Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Flora-Bama Yacht Club and Ole River Grill in Perdido Key on the Florida/Alabama coastal border.  

Stone crab season closes May 16

May 15, 2018 

The commercial and recreational harvest of stone crab claws in Florida closes on May 16, with the last day of harvest on May 15. Stone crab season will reopen on Oct. 15.  

FWC reopens Area 3A North in the Everglades WMA complex

May 15, 2018 

Recent rains have raised water levels in the portion of the Everglades and Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area known as 3A North prompting the FWC to reopen the area.  

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. 

FWC conducts aquatic plant control on Lake Rousseau

May 03, 2018 

Invasive hydrilla will be treated only in boat trails, but water lettuce and water hyacinth will be treated throughout the lake May 7-18, weather permitting. 

2018 Lionfish Festival, new location, same fun

May 03, 2018 

The 2018 Lionfish Removal and Awareness Festival is Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Flora-Bama Yacht Club and Ole River Grill in Perdido Key on the Florida/Alabama coastal border.  

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