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Hunter safety internet-completion courses offered in 7 counties in October

October 03, 2018 

Those interested in attending a course can register online and obtain information about future hunter safety classes at or by calling the FWC’s regional office in Panama City at 850-265-3676. 

Public invited to discuss Orange Lake management activities at upcoming meeting

October 01, 2018 

FWC staff will provide brief updates on lake conditions, recent management activities, and habitat management actions planned for the next nine months.  

Media statement

October 01, 2018 

The FWC has detected low to medium concentrations of naturally-occurring red tide in water samples taken Sunday, Sept. 30, off the coast of Palm Beach County.  

FWC: Bears more active this time of year

October 01, 2018 

To be prepared for winter, bears require around 20,000 calories a day and will eat anything that’s convenient. Getting food from a garbage can often provide bears with more calories in a shorter amount of time than foraging in the woods.  

FWC Officer Juan Blanco receives 2018 National Boating Officer of the Year award

September 28, 2018 

During its 59th annual meeting, held in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Sept. 9-12, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators presented its prestigious National Boating Officer of the Year award to Officer Juan Blanco of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). 

FWC announces winners of 2018 Lionfish Challenge

September 27, 2018 

Recreational winner and Lionfish King John McCain of Gilchrist County removed 1,137 of the lionfish. Ron Surrency of Duval County is the Commercial Champion for his removal of 5,017 pounds of lionfish (which equates to about 5,531 fish).  

Media statement: Gulf recreational gray triggerfish to close Sept. 28

September 27, 2018 

The closure will remain in effect through Dec. 31, 2018. The fishery will reopen on March 1, 2019, following the annual January – February recreational harvest closure.  

FWC takes steps to combat invasive species

September 27, 2018 

Florida’s native fish and wildlife are facing a serious threat posed by a variety of invasive species found throughout the state. The FWC has voted to approve a reorganization of rules related to nonnative species.  

Media statement: FWC Commission shrimp fishery update

September 27, 2018 

The FWC has approved changes to commercial shrimp fishery management that will eliminate barriers to participation in the expanding live seafood market. 

Media statement: FWC Commission trap fisheries update

September 27, 2018 

The FWC has approved several changes to recreational and commercial trap fisheries rules. These changes are part of a long-term project to evaluate and improve the management of Florida’s saltwater trap fisheries.  

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