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Say ‘I Do’ to getting a fishing license and helping conservation

July 30, 2015 

The “I Do” Fishing License Campaign emphasizes the fact that you don't have to fish to benefit from purchasing a Florida fishing license. Fishing is important to Florida’s economy and quality of life, and buying a fishing license is a simple way for a non-angler to support conservation. 

FWC encourages recognition and use of the divers-down flags/buoys

July 29, 2015 

All divers must prominently display a divers-down flag or buoy in the area in which the diving occurs. All vessels must make reasonable effort to stay at least 100 feet away from a divers-down flag or buoy within a river, inlet or channel. In open waters, vessels must make reasonable effort to stay 300 feet away.  

Free hunter safety course offered in Leon County

July 28, 2015 

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

Spiny lobster season has added bonus this year

July 28, 2015 

This year, divers have an incentive to remove some invasive lionfish while they’re in the water. Divers can take one extra spiny lobster each day during the two-day sport season if they also harvest 10 or more lionfish first, on the same day. 

FWC seeks input on derelict vessel management

July 27, 2015 

As part of its efforts to deter and address derelict vessels in Florida’s waterways, FWC staff will meet with stakeholders to gather input as well as discuss potential proposals that would affect the management of at-risk and derelict vessels. This is one of five meetings being held around the state. 

FWC completes boating accident investigation, arrests Naples man

July 24, 2015 

Jeffrey Jackmack (DOB 06/16/1970) of Naples was the operator of a vessel involved in a fatal Collier County boating accident on June 2, 2013.  

Workshop set for gopher tortoise conservation in northeast Florida

July 21, 2015 

The goal of these workshops is to identify ways counties and cities can participate in protecting one of Florida’s threatened species. In addition, the FWC will discuss financial incentives available for local governments. 

The Great Outdoors Day Free Kids’ Fishing Derby is July 25 in Kissimmee

July 21, 2015 

The derby is Saturday, July 25, from 9:30-11:00 a.m. for children ages 5-15, at the Kissimmee Civic Center Pond, 201 E. Dakin Ave., Kissimmee, FL 34741. An FWC biologist will be on hand to assist participants. Bait and fishing equipment will be provided but children are welcome to bring their own. 

Discarded monofilament line injures, kills wildlife

July 21, 2015 

Tackle should be checked frequently for frayed line that may easily break. Unwanted or damaged line should be stored safely and securely until it can be placed in a recycling bin. If you see discarded monofilament line while you are out, pick it up, secure it and dispose of it appropriately. 

FWC arrests poachers for possession of illegal species, including sea turtle

July 20, 2015 

As a result of an ongoing marine resource investigation, FWC officers conducted stops on two suspect vessels. These stops revealed undersized and illegal species onboard each vessel. 

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