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4 Florida counties open April 1 to gag grouper recreational harvest

March 20, 2018 

State waters off the coast of Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties will open to recreational harvest of gag grouper starting April 1. This regional season will remain open through June 30.  

Exotic Pet Amnesty Day set for March 25 in Poinciana

March 19, 2018 

People may surrender their exotic pets at the event, whether they are being kept legally or illegally, without penalty or cost.  

April 15 marks start of Florida’s bat maternity season

March 19, 2018 

Bat maternity season begins April 15 and runs through August 15. Exclusions of bat colonies must be completed before the season starts.  

Look out for manatees when boating

March 15, 2018 

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 watercrafts.  

FWC, University of Florida invite public to meeting on Lake Istokpoga habitat management plan

March 15, 2018 

The meeting will be held March 22 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Bert J. Harris Jr. Agricultural Center Auditorium, 4509 George Blvd., Sebring, FL 33875.  

Guana River Dam improvements begin, with some areas closed during construction

March 14, 2018 

The improvements will address storm damage to the dam. Construction is scheduled to begin April 1 and continue through August, weather permitting. 

‘Spring Aboard’ with FWC and take a boater education class

March 12, 2018 

During the week of March 18-24, NASBLA and the FWC encourage all boaters to take part in the national Spring Aboard – Take A Boating Education Course campaign by taking a boating safety course.  

Saltwater fishing clinics are for everyone

March 07, 2018 

For years the FWC has hosted kids’ and women’s fishing clinics across the state. Now, adult saltwater fishing clinic have been added. These free, one-day educational events are for anyone 18 and older, male or female.  

Help nesting sea turtles by keeping beaches dark and free of obstacles at night

March 01, 2018 

Keeping Florida’s beaches dark and uncluttered at night can help protect sea turtles that return to nest on our beaches. 

Report horseshoe crab spawning sightings with new FWC app

February 27, 2018 

These sighting reports provide important information about population distribution to the FWC. Although horseshoe crabs have existed for about 450 million years, their numbers have declined due to overfishing and loss of habitat.  

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