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Florida panther released back into the wild at Big Cypress National Preserve

May 27, 2016 

USFWS, FWC and National Park Service staff successfully released a 2-year-old Florida panther back into the wild at its new home in Big Cypress National Preserve.  

Audubon and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission ask boaters and beachgoers statewide to help coastal birds this Memorial Day Weekend

May 25, 2016 

This Memorial Day Weekend, the FWC and Audubon are reminding Floridians to share our beaches and islands with rare and declining species of waterbirds that are currently nesting statewide.  

Amberjack, gray triggerfish close June 1 in Gulf state waters

May 25, 2016 

The recreational harvest of greater amberjack and gray triggerfish in Gulf of Mexico state waters (shore to 9 nautical miles) closes June 1 and will remain closed through July 31, reopening Aug. 1. 

Gag season starts June 1; new size limit effective same day

May 25, 2016 

On June 1, gag grouper opens for recreational harvest in most state and all federal Gulf of Mexico waters and the black grouper and gag minimum size limit increases from 22-inches to 24-inches total length.  

Atlantic snook to close in state and federal waters

May 23, 2016 

The recreational harvest of snook in Atlantic state and federal waters will close on June 1. Snook will reopen for harvest in Atlantic state and federal waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River, on Sept. 1.  

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

May 20, 2016 

The FWC is hosting a free Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic on St. George Island 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. June 4, at the St. George Island State Park. Advance registration is required.  

FWC to host public webinars to discuss bear management

May 20, 2016 

The FWC is hosting three public webinars to discuss the FWC’s black bear management program and answer questions. The webinars will be May 26, May 31 and June 2, beginning at 6 p.m. EDT.  

Fernandina free Kids’ Saltwater Fishing Clinic rescheduled

May 19, 2016 

The FWC Kids’ Saltwater Fishing Clinic scheduled for May 21 in Fernandina has been postponed due to inclement weather. The event will be rescheduled for June 11 at Fort Clinch State Park, 2601 Atlantic Ave.  

Teenager catches state-record flathead catfish

May 19, 2016 

Charles Patchen (13) from Alabama caught a 63.8-pound flathead catfish on the Chattahoochee River in Jackson County at 2:30 p.m. on May 15. He beat the previous certified state record by more than eight pounds. 

Bay scallop workshops scheduled May 24 and June 13

May 18, 2016 

Workshops to gather public input on this summer’s bay scallop season in St. Joseph Bay will be held May 24 and June 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. EDT at the Capital City Bank conference room in Port St. Joe.  

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