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Pinellas County to get new manatee protection signs

May 17, 2017 

The FWC will soon begin work to repair, clean and install waterway markers for existing boating safety and newly-established manatee protection zones in Pinellas County.  

Statement regarding bear management

April 19, 2017 

As shown by today’s staff presentation on population, habitat, human-bear conflict and outreach, we have a long-standing, proactive approach to bear management and will continue to build on that existing foundation. 

FWC holding public meeting on proposed changes to Collier County manatee zones

January 23, 2017 

The meeting will be on Jan. 31 from 5 to 8 p.m., in the Collier County Board of County Commissioners chambers, third floor, 3299 Tamiami Trail E., Naples.  

Imperiled Species Management Plan rule changes are in effect

January 18, 2017 

The plan outlines the steps to conserve 57 species along with the broader vision of restoring habitats essential to the long-term survival of multiple fish and wildlife species. 

FWC to meet Nov. 16-17 in St. Petersburg

November 10, 2016 

The FWC will meet Nov. 16-17 at the University of South Florida Student Center in St. Petersburg. The meeting starts at 8:30 a.m. Both sessions are open to the public and the public will be provided opportunities to speak.  

Bay scallop season in St. Joseph Bay closes Sept. 6

August 30, 2016 

Bay scallop season will close for harvest in the St. Joseph Bay area Sept. 6, with the last day of harvest being open on Sept. 5, 2016 (Labor Day). 

FWC to meet Sept. 8-9 in St. Augustine

August 30, 2016 

The FWC will meet Sept. 8-9 at the World Golf Village Renaissance Resort, 500 S. Legacy Trail, St. Augustine. The meeting both days starts at 8:30 a.m. Both sessions are open to the public and the public will be provided opportunities to speak. 

Bay scallop season in St. Joseph Bay opens Aug. 22 with bag limit changes

August 18, 2016 

Bay scallop season will open for harvest in the St. Joseph Bay area Aug. 22 and will remain open through Sept. 5, 2016. During this shortened season, the daily bag limit will be 40 scallops per person or 200 per vessel, whichever is less.  

Waste Pro and FWC team up to reduce human-bear conflicts

August 17, 2016 

The FWC and Waste Pro USA, Inc. are teaming up to help reduce human-bear conflicts in northwest Florida. Today, representatives from the two agencies met in Tallahassee to sign a Memorandum of Understanding which will solidify this partnership. 

FWC concludes 14 CWA public workshops

August 15, 2016 

At the workshops, FWC staff explained how CWAs work and why they are needed, and addressed questions from attendees. The FWC will use the feedback received at these meetings to help evaluate the merits of each area for possible CWA establishment.  

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