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Seasonal grouper closure starts Jan. 1 in Atlantic, Monroe County waters

December 22, 2014 

Several species of grouper will close to recreational and commercial harvest starting Jan. 1 in Florida state waters of the Atlantic, including Monroe County. This seasonal closure includes gag, black, red, yellowmouth, yellowfin and tiger grouper; scamp; red hind; rock hind; coney; and graysby. State waters in the Atlantic are from shore out to 3 nautical miles. 

Bear bites girl in Eastpoint; FWC responding

December 22, 2014 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is responding to an incident where a bear bit a 15-year-old girl in Eastpoint, Franklin County on Dec. 21.  

FWC arrests two for BUI, works to improve boating safety

December 18, 2014 

After completing two accident investigations, officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) arrested two individuals for boating under the influence violations that occurred earlier this year. 

Free hunter safety course offered in Okeechobee County

December 18, 2014 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering a free hunter safety course in Okeechobee County. 

Try one of FWC's new Saltwater Grand Slams

December 16, 2014 

Today’s column begins with a question and ends with a challenge: Do you know what a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Saltwater Grand Slam is? If not, you are missing out on an exciting opportunity. 

Report Florida Lionfish app updated with new interactive map

December 16, 2014 

The Report Florida Lionfish app is now more interactive than ever. Not only can you continue reporting your lionfish sightings and catches, your reports and photographs are documented on an interactive map. The map includes your important data such as where you found your catch, the date caught, how many you saw or removed and what type of gear you used. You can use this map to help determine where lionfish are being spotted and what reefs have recently been cleaned. There is even a “show reef” option that maps all of Florida’s artificial reefs and provides the location and depth at which each reef can be found. 

Florida visitor sets new shoal bass record

December 16, 2014 

Charles “Anthony” Tucker of Albany, Ga., established the first official Florida state record for a shoal bass just three days before his 57th birthday. Shoal bass are, pound-for-pound, one of the top fighters in the black bass family. His weighed 4 pounds, 2 ounces and was 20 inches long, with a 13.5-inch girth. 

Conservation success leads to increased human interaction with Florida panthers

December 12, 2014 

Even though they are shy and tend to avoid people, panthers are being seen with increasing frequency. 

Snook harvest seasonal closure in Atlantic starts Dec. 15

December 09, 2014 

Snook may be caught, released during the closed season, which ends Jan. 31. 

January hunter safety Internet-completion courses offered

December 09, 2014 

In Baker, Columbia, Duval counties. 

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