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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.  

FWC approves new course requirements for airboat operators carrying passengers for hire

June 19, 2018 

The rule is supported by the airboat education industry, stakeholders and the public as indicated from three public meetings and meetings with the Florida Airboat Association.  

FWC names John Little as the Hunter Safety Instructor of the Year

June 19, 2018 

The FWC named John Little of Palm Bay the 2017 Volunteer Hunter Safety Instructor of the Year at its June Commission meeting in Sarasota.  

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. 

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. 

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