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Plan to conserve Panama City crayfish goes to public for input

October 09, 2015 

The FWC is holding public meetings in Bay County this month to present a draft management plan to conserve the Panama City crayfish. 

Stone crab season opens Oct. 15 in state, federal waters

October 07, 2015 

For more information on harvesting stone crabs for recreation, as well as commercial stone crab regulations and licensing information, go online to (click on “Saltwater”). 

New stone crab trap specifications in Collier, Monroe and Miami-Dade counties

October 07, 2015 

Effective Oct. 5, the use of round entrances (also known as throats or funnels) is no longer allowed for stone crab traps used in state or federal waters off Collier, Monroe and Miami-Dade counties. 

Time to register for the 2016 Python Challenge™

September 30, 2015 

Starting Thursday, Oct. 1, you can register for the Python Removal competition online at PythonChallenge.Org. If you are one of the first 200 people to sign up, you will receive a free 2016 Python Challenge™ T-shirt. 

Learn a hobby at free Women’s Fishing Clinic in St. Petersburg!

September 25, 2015 

Learn the skills to successfully cast your line into the sea by attending the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Women’s Fishing Clinic in St. Petersburg on Oct. 10. 

Record shoal bass caught in Chipola River

September 24, 2015 

Stewart Mayeaux, 41, of Marianna, enjoyed the thrill of seeing a 4-pound, 14-ounce shoal bass hit his lure on Sept. 19 and knowing he had a possible state record. Mayeaux, who moved from Louisiana five years ago, had read on the website about several shoal bass records having been caught recently. 

Exotic Pet Amnesty Day set for Oct. 3 in Fort Walton Beach

September 18, 2015 

This free event is open to the public and will be held in front of Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park. Surrendered animals will be accepted between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. These animals will be checked by a veterinarian and made available for adoption by experienced individuals who are capable of caring for them. 

Gulf state recreational red snapper season reopens Labor Day weekend

August 31, 2015 

The recreational red snapper season for Gulf state waters reopens to harvest Labor Day weekend, Sept. 5-7, and will continue to be open for Saturdays and Sundays in September and October with the last day of harvest being Sunday, Nov. 1. 

Limited harvest for snook, a premier Florida fish, starts Sept. 1

August 25, 2015 

While the fishery is already more than 90 percent catch-and-release, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) encourages anglers to continue to use moderation when determining whether or not to take a snook home.  

FWC scientist recognized for contributions to bass research, conservation, management

March 23, 2015 

won the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society. 

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