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Blue crab trap closure ending early

August 25, 2016 

Recreational and commercial blue crab traps may be placed back in state waters (shore to 3 nautical miles, including intracoastal waterways) from the Georgia-Florida line through Volusia County starting tomorrow, Aug. 25.  

‘Hands off!’ is best policy for sea turtle hatchlings

August 25, 2016 

Well-meaning efforts to rescue a sea turtle hatchling by helping it leave a nest or picking it up and placing it in the ocean are not good ideas, according to FWC biologists. 

High school fishing grants now available for student saltwater anglers in Florida

August 25, 2016 

The program will provide grants of up to $500 per club or team to assist with expenses related to fishing team or club-sponsored tournaments, team jerseys, insurance, and education for novice anglers.  

Exotic Pet Amnesty Day set for Sept. 3 in Brevard County

August 24, 2016 

The FWC and the Brevard Zoo are holding an Exotic Pet Amnesty Day event on Saturday, Sept. 3 at the Brevard Zoo. People can surrender their exotic pets at the event without penalty or cost, whether they are being kept legally or illegally.  

Free Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic coming up in

August 23, 2016 

The free, day-long clinic is from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Big Lagoon State Park, 12301 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. 

Bowhunting course offered in Escambia County

August 23, 2016 

Those interested in attending this course can register online and obtain information about future hunter safety classes at MyFWC.com/HunterSafety or by calling the FWC’s regional office in Panama City at 850-265-3676. 

Hunter safety courses offered in August, September

August 19, 2016 

Those interested in attending a course can register online and obtain information about future hunter safety classes at MyFWC.com/HunterSafety or by calling the FWC’s regional office in Panama City at 850-265-3676. 

Aerial spraying planned to control invasive plants on St. Johns River

August 19, 2016 

The aerial spraying will be conducted by Coastal Air Service Inc. utilizing helicopters. It is scheduled for Aug. 23-26 and potentially Aug. 29, weather permitting. 

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. 

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