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Snook harvest seasonal closure in Atlantic starts Dec. 15

December 06, 2016 

The recreational harvest season for snook closes Dec. 15 in Atlantic state and federal waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River, and will remain closed through Jan. 31, 2017, reopening to harvest Feb. 1.  

FWC certifies first state record Mayan cichlid

December 02, 2016 

FWC fisheries biologists certified the first state record Mayan cichlid weighing 2.37 pounds caught by Jonathan Johnson from Fort Myers on Nov. 28, 2016.  

NOTICE: Apalachicola Bay oyster monitoring stations start Dec. 5

December 02, 2016 

Starting Dec. 5 through May 31, 2017, commercial and recreational harvest of oysters is prohibited on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.  

Snook harvest seasonal closure in Gulf starts Dec. 1

November 29, 2016 

The recreational harvest season for snook closes Dec. 1 in Gulf state and federal waters, including Monroe County and Everglades National Park, and will remain closed through Feb. 28, 2017, reopening to harvest March 1, 2017.  

Free Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic coming up in St. Augustine

November 21, 2016 

The free, day-long clinic is from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Anastasia State Park, 1340-A A1A South, St. Augustine. 

FWC sets new barracuda size limits for south Florida

November 17, 2016 

These changes will apply in state and federal waters off Collier, Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Martin counties only. 

FWC crowns Lionfish King; celebrates removal of more than 111,000 lionfish

November 17, 2016 

The FWC, at the Nov. 17 meeting in St. Petersburg, presented a custom-made, mounted metal lionfish trophy to the FWC’s first-ever Lionfish King, David Garrett. 

Hogfish conservation measures and boundaries set

November 17, 2016 

Hogfish is overfished and undergoing overfishing in the Florida Keys and east Florida. Federal law requires the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to end overfishing immediately and implement a 10-year rebuilding plan. 

Gulf gray triggerfish 2017 recreational season conservation measure approved

November 17, 2016 

The gray triggerfish recreational season will remain closed Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2017, in Gulf state waters. 

FWC’s TrophyCatch program receives national award

November 17, 2016 

The FWC TrophyCatch program received the 2016 Aquatic Education Outstanding Sport Fish Restoration Project of the Year award from the Fisheries Administration Section of the American Fisheries Society. 

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