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FWC recognizes Helen Roth, Florida Land Steward Landowner of the Year

February 11, 2016 

Helen Roth, a Gadsden County landowner, is the 2015 Florida Land Steward Landowner of the Year. The FWC recognized her Feb. 11 for the honor bestowed on her by the Florida Land Steward partnership and for her dedicated work as a private landowner conserving Florida wildlife and habitat. 

FWC working with private landowners to conserve wildlife

February 11, 2016 

To learn more about private land partnerships and the FWC’s Landowner Assistance Program visit MyFlorida.com/lap. 

FWC approves new freshwater bass conservation measures

February 11, 2016 

Anglers will be allowed to keep smaller, more abundant largemouth bass. Length limits for black bass species will be changed and many specific rules for different water bodies will be eliminated. 

FWC considers modifying 2016 Gulf recreational red snapper season

February 10, 2016 

The newly proposed season would be open Saturdays and Sundays in May starting May 7. On May 28, the season would open continuously through July 10. Finally, the season would reopen for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in September and October, and on Labor Day. This would provide for a 78-day season in Gulf state waters. 

FWC approves gag, black grouper size limit; gag season changes

February 10, 2016 

These changes are expected to go into effect prior to June 1 recreational season opening and will be announced on MyFWC.com and via a press release. 

Celebrate only bird found exclusively in Florida at upcoming Scrub-Jay Festival

February 09, 2016 

The festival takes place from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. at Oscar Scherer State Park, 1843 S. Tamiami Trail in Osprey. Immediately before the festival are 5K and 10K races to raise money specifically for the Florida scrub-jays at the park, which is one of the best places to see these songbirds on the southwest coast. 

FWC seeks information on anacondas in Brevard County

February 08, 2016 

The FWC asks the public to report to the FWC any information regarding the possible illegal breeding, possession or release of this nonnative species by calling the Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922 (FWCC) or by email or text to Tip@MyFWC.com. Callers may be eligible for a reward in the event of an arrest. 

FWC begins removing floating plants in Lake Istokpoga

February 08, 2016 

The FWC on Feb. 9, will begin removing 27 acres of floating plant material in Lake Istokpoga’s Big Island Marsh in Highlands County. The project is scheduled to take about two months. The plant removal includes cattail, primrose and burhead sedge, which will reduce the negative effects of decaying plant material on the marsh. 

Black Bass Management Plan yields angler benefits

February 04, 2016 

Progress has been made in all four major areas targeted in the Florida Black Bass Management Plan: new opportunities, habitat management, fish management and human dimensions. 

High water prompts temporary closures in three south Florida WMAs

February 03, 2016 

Due to recent rainfall, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has temporarily closed several activities and roads in Everglades and Francis S. Taylor, Holey Land and Rotenberger Wildlife Management Areas (WMA). 

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