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Melt the butter; spiny lobster seasons start soon

July 20, 2016 

The 2016 spiny lobster season opens with the two-day recreational sport season July 27 and 28, followed by the regular commercial and recreational lobster season, which starts Aug. 6 and runs through March 31. 

FWC requests public input on venomous reptile rules

July 15, 2016 

In order to effectively receive information and direction from the public, the agency has developed an online survey on SurveyMonkey.com, and will be accepting survey responses and recommendations through July 27, 2016. 

Have fun helping wildlife, wild places when holiday shopping

November 24, 2015 

This holiday season, consider gifts to show your support of wildlife and help carry on the tradition of spending time with family and friends on Florida’s beautiful beaches, waterways and wildlife conservation areas.  

FWC to meet June 23-25 in Sarasota

June 16, 2015 

The Commission will meet June 23-25 in the Hyatt Regency, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota. All sessions are open to members of the public who want to attend. The half-day session Tuesday, June 23, starts at 1:30 p.m. The sessions on Wednesday and Thursday start at 8:30 a.m.  

Apply now for alligator hunt permits

April 24, 2015 

Applications for the Phase I random drawing will be accepted through April 30. Approximately 5,700 alligator harvest permits will be available. 

Commission approves 70-day recreational red snapper season in Gulf state waters

April 16, 2015 

The FWC has approved a 70-day recreational red snapper season for Gulf state waters. Red snapper is a popular species that has a strong economic impact for many coastal communities throughout Florida. 

FWC moves forward with comprehensive draft bear management rules

April 15, 2015 

FWC Commissioners have approved several proposed bear-related rules that will be presented for final action in June. The draft rules address a wide variety of tools to manage bear populations and help reduce human-bear conflicts. 

FWC approves changes to the spiny lobster commercial dive endorsement

April 15, 2015 

The FWC approved several changes to the spiny lobster commercial dive endorsement at its meeting April 15 in Tallahassee.  

Commission approves several changes to the commercial restricted species endorsement

April 15, 2015 

The FWC approved several changes to the commercial saltwater restricted species endorsement at its meeting April 15 in Tallahassee. 

FWC to meet April 14-16 in Tallahassee

April 07, 2015 

The FWC will meet April 14-16 in Tallahassee at Florida A&M University’s Alfred Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center. Tuesday's session starts at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday's and Thursday's sessions start at 8:30 a.m. The public is invited and will be provided opportunities to speak during these two days.  

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