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FWC waives rules in response to red tide cleanup

August 07, 2018 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) continues to monitor the red tide affecting southwest Florida. Red tides are common along Florida’s Gulf coast, and fish populations have been resilient to the impact even after severe and prolonged red tide events. 

Atlantic anglers and captains encouraged to assist FWC with red snapper research

July 30, 2018 

Researchers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute are asking for help from anglers, spearfishers, and charter captains to capture information about the Atlantic red snapper fishery. 

Lionfish Challenge 2018 Update – July 18

July 18, 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.  

Recreational red snapper season closes July 21 in Gulf state and federal waters

July 16, 2018 

To learn more about the 40-day recreational red snapper season in Gulf state and federal waters, including season size and bag limits, visit MyFWC.com/Snappers. 

Have an opinion on shore-based shark fishing? Now is the time to share. Attend a workshop.

July 11, 2018 

If you cannot attend an in-person meeting, submit comments online by visiting MyFWC.com/SaltwaterComments. Staff is working on an advance copy of the presentation and a virtual workshop that should be available online in the near future.  

FWC helps support educational lionfish exhibits

July 06, 2018 

The 2018-19 Lionfish Educational Exhibit Program offers public facilities the opportunity to apply for financial assistance in creating educational exhibit displays about the lionfish invasion.  

Lionfish Challenge 2018 Update – July 3

July 03, 2018 

The Lionfish Challenge rewards lionfish harvesters with prizes for their lionfish removals, tagged or not.  

Media statement: FWC Commission trap fisheries update

June 20, 2018 

At the June 20 meeting in Sarasota, the FWC approved several draft changes to recreational and commercial trap fisheries rules and directed staff to come back to the September meeting for a final public hearing.  

Researcher and officer receive awards from Florida Guides Association

June 19, 2018 

FWC biologist John Hunt received the Capt. Phil Chapman Award and FWC officer Michael Bibeau was presented with the “Trained Eyes Coastwatchers” Officer of the Year award. 

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.  

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Cranes are quite omnivorous. They feed on seeds, grain, berries, insects, earthworms, mice, small birds, snakes, lizards, frogs and crayfish, but they do not "fish" like herons.

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