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Free Kids’ Fishing Clinic in Crystal River promises day of learning, fun

February 12, 2018 

These free clinics enable young people to learn the basics of conservation stewardship, fishing ethics, angling skills and safety.  

Marsh Park boat ramp temporarily closed

February 08, 2018 

The Marsh Park boat ramp in Lake County will be temporarily closed Feb. 8 to March 30, to allow for the removal of 10.1 acres of floating vegetation and mud tussock from the south end of Lake Yale.  

FWC approves regional bay scallop seasons for 2018 with some changes from original proposal

February 08, 2018 

The FWC approved regionally-specific bay scallop open season dates for 2018, including a change to the season for Levy, Citrus and Hernando counties and also approved a trial bay scallop season in state waters off Pasco County.  

FWC approves draft rule to gather data from for-hire industry, discusses future of Gulf red snapper management

February 08, 2018 

The proposal would require for-hire operations that target or harvest certain reef fish in Gulf of Mexico state waters (excluding Monroe County) to report their intention to harvest these species.  

FWC extends the permit spawning season closure inside the Special Permit Zone

February 07, 2018 

The change, effective April 1, 2018, will add April to the existing May-through-July season closure for the harvest of permit inside the Special Permit Zone. 

Free Women’s and Adult Saltwater Fishing Clinics coming up in Jacksonville

February 02, 2018 

The FWC is hosting a Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic on Feb. 17 and an Adult Saltwater Fishing Clinic on Feb. 18. The free, day-long clinics are from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Jacksonville University, 2800 University Blvd. N.  

Reef Rangers website is renovated, ready for more lionfish hunters

February 02, 2018 

Reef Rangers is a year-round lionfish removal program where individuals and teams of divers pledge to remove lionfish from adopted reef sites of their choice.  

New Critical Wildlife Area signs go up in Franklin County

February 01, 2018 

The FWC installed signs around two new Critical Wildlife Areas in Franklin County; Lanark Reef CWA and Flag Island CWA.  

New Critical Wildlife Area in-water markers to be installed in Lee County

February 01, 2018 

The FWC will soon be installing in-water markers around five new Critical Wildlife Areas in Lee County: Hemp Key CWA; Broken Islands CWA; Matanzas Pass Island CWA; Big Carlos Pass CWA; and Coconut Point East CWA. 

FWC to meet Feb. 7-8 near Tallahassee

January 31, 2018 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will meet Feb. 7-8 at the Florida Public Safety Institute, 85 Academy Drive, Havana, FL 32333.  

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The wild pig, also called the wild hog, wild boar or feral pig, is not a Florida native and may have been introduced by Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto as early as 1539.

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