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FWC conservation measures in place for unique American eels

March 27, 2015 

A 9-inch minimum size limit for American eels harvested in Florida (commercially or recreationally) and a recreational bag limit of 25 eels per angler per day is now in effect.  

4 Florida counties open April 1 to gag grouper recreational harvest

March 24, 2015 

State waters off the coast of Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties will open to recreational harvest of gag grouper starting April 1. 

Spiny lobster season closes April 1

March 24, 2015 

The spiny lobster recreational and commercial season closes to harvest in state and federal waters starting April 1 and will reopen Aug. 6.  

FWC scientist recognized for contributions to bass research, conservation, management

March 23, 2015 

won the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society. 

Free Kids’ Fishing Clinic promises day of learning, fun

March 20, 2015 

Teaching children a lifelong hobby, instilling appreciation for our marine environment and providing fun, family outings are the objectives for the Kids’ Fishing Clinic in Daytona Beach on March 28. 

Signing up to participate in the Gulf Reef Fish Survey becomes mandatory April 1

March 19, 2015 

Signing up to participate in the Gulf Reef Fish Survey becomes mandatory April 1, so sign up today. The easy, no-cost process will help the FWC paint a clearer picture of how many people are targeting Gulf reef fish and what anglers are seeing on the water.  

FWC asks beachgoers to help survey spawning horseshoe crabs

March 16, 2015 

As spring approaches, horseshoe crabs congregate to spawn along sandy beaches and shallow coastal waters throughout the state. FWC biologists are asking the public to assist in the FWC’s survey effort by reporting horseshoe crab sightings and other useful information. 

New shoal bass state record certified

March 13, 2015 

Tucker Martin, 17, from Chipley, set a new state record for shoal bass on Sunday, March 8 by catching a 4.49 pounder that measured 20.3 inches in total length, with a girth of 14.4 inches. 

Public input sought on FWC permit request to restore 46 area lakes, water bodies

March 12, 2015 

The FWC seeks a permit that would authorize all of its routine mechanical aquatic plant maintenance activities related to habitat restoration and navigation maintenance within these water bodies for a period of 15 years.  

Little Lake Harris to receive hydrilla treatment

March 12, 2015 

Hydrilla is an invasive, exotic, aquatic plant spread easily by boats throughout the state's lakes and rivers. Managing and treating it is necessary for the health of Florida's waters and to enable continued recreational boating and other aquatic activities. 

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