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Lake Ponte Vedra cattail treatment scheduled

June 18, 2018 

The FWC’s Invasive Plant Management Section will be aerially applying treatment via helicopter to 150 acres of cattails on Lake Ponte Vedra in northern St. Johns County. 

Participation in the Gulf Reef Fish Survey is improving fisheries management

June 15, 2018 

The purpose of the Gulf Reef Fish Survey is to provide timely and precise data to state and federal agencies that are responsible for managing reef fish and making decisions that impact recreational anglers in Florida.  

FWC reminds scallopers to stay safe, recognize and use divers-down flags and buoys

June 13, 2018 

The divers-down symbol is rectangular or square and red in color with a white diagonal stripe. All divers must prominently display a divers-down device in the area in which the diving occurs.  

FWC to meet June 19-20 in Sarasota

June 12, 2018 

The FWC will meet June 19-20 at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236. Meetings both days are open to the public. 

Catch a Florida Memory when you go saltwater fishing this summer

June 12, 2018 

Catch a Florida Memory programs are not only fun and rewarding, but they also promote fisheries conservation. Anglers are encouraged to target a diversity of species to help decrease fishing pressure on the most sought-after fishes.  

Lionfish Challenge 2018 update

June 11, 2018 

The Lionfish Challenge rewards lionfish harvesters with prizes for their lionfish removals, tagged or not. The tagged lionfish component is new this year and includes cash prizes up to $5,000. 

TrophyCatch celebrates first two Hall of Fame bass caught on Lake Istokpoga

June 11, 2018 

Since TrophyCatch was launched in 2012, there have been 430 TrophyCatch-approved largemouth bass weighing 8 pounds or heavier caught on Lake Istokpoga. 

Bay scallop season opens June 16 in Dixie County and a portion of Taylor County

June 11, 2018 

The 2018 recreational bay scallop season for Dixie County and a portion of Taylor County opens June 16 and will remain open through Sept. 10.  

Free Kids’ Fishing Clinic in Port Canaveral promises day of learning, fun

June 07, 2018 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will offer a free Kids’ Fishing Clinic for children between the ages of 5 and 15 from 9 a.m. to noon at Cruise Terminal #1, 9050 Discovery Road. 

FWC restores aquatic habitat on Lake Istokpoga

June 04, 2018 

Thousands of aquatic plants will be transplanted into Lake Istokpoga to help restore this popular shallow-water bass fishing lake in Highlands County. 

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