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Spiny lobster season closes April 1

March 23, 2017 

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

Keep a lookout for manatees in motion this spring

March 22, 2017 

From April 1 through Nov. 15, seasonal manatee zones require boaters to slow down in certain areas to prevent manatees from being struck by motorboats or personal watercraft.  

FWC plans prescribed burn on Lake Okeechobee

March 14, 2017 

The FWC is planning to conduct a prescribed burn on 2,500 acres of Lake Okeechobee between the Kissimmee River and Buckhead Ridge Canal. 

Explore Florida’s Wildlife Management Areas with FWC’s Geocaching Challenge!

March 13, 2017 

It’s your chance to join a modern-day treasure hunt while soaking in the beauty of the wildlife and scenery on lead WMAs managed by the FWC. 

Growing Florida panther population can lead to increased interactions with people

March 13, 2017 

Over the past few decades, the panther population has grown significantly. As the population grows, the chance for interaction between panthers and humans also increases – which can be bad for both people and panthers. 

Be a citizen-scientist this horseshoe crab spawning season

March 09, 2017 

Biologists with the FWC are asking the public to report horseshoe crab sightings. For 15 years, citizens have reported horseshoe crab sightings to the FWC, providing important information about population distribution.  

People can help nesting sea turtles!

March 01, 2017 

March is the beginning of Florida’s sea turtle nesting season, when female sea turtles leave the ocean to dig nests and lay golf ball-size eggs in the sand. 

FWC continues seagrass research and conservation with new status report

February 27, 2017 

Scientists and collaborators from agencies across Florida, including researchers with the Seagrass Integrated Mapping and Monitoring Program of the FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, published new information this month on seagrass health and status.  

Snook to reopen in Gulf waters

February 22, 2017 

The recreational harvest season for snook reopens March 1 and remains open through April 30 in Florida’s Gulf of Mexico state and adjacent federal waters, including Everglades National Park and Monroe County.  

Florida panther population estimate updated

February 22, 2017 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the FWC have updated the estimated number of endangered Florida panthers to 120 to 230 adult and subadult Florida panthers, according to a February 2017 report from the agencies. 

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