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Let the Lionfish Challenge begin; may the odds be ever in your favor

June 10, 2016 

Since the kick-off on May 14, 29 divers have entered 4,338 lionfish in the statewide Lionfish Challenge, which rewards those who remove 50 or more lionfish from waters across the state.  

New state record shoal bass caught in Florida

June 10, 2016 

Jimmy Ray Tice from Cottondale caught a 5.2-pound shoal bass on the Apalachicola River in Gadsden County at 6:45 a.m. on May 27, 2016. He beat the previous certified state record by more than 5 ounces. 

FWC monitoring Tropical Storm Colin’s impacts on sea turtle nests

June 08, 2016 

In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Colin, the FWC is assessing damage to sea turtle nests along Florida’s coasts.  

FWC concludes bear management webinars

June 03, 2016 

On June 2, The FWC completed the last of three webinars held to answer the public's questions and gather input on the agency's comprehensive bear management program.  

FWC conducts aquatic plant control on Lake Rousseau

June 01, 2016 

Aquatic plant control operations are scheduled for Lake Rousseau during the week of June 6, weather permitting. About 100 acres of invasive hydrilla will be treated in boat trails on this lake bordering Citrus and Levy counties.  

Fishing time for kids

June 01, 2016 

Make sure the young people you know have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and are not doomed to a life of idle make-believe. Sign them up for an outdoor camp today. 

Florida panther released back into the wild at Big Cypress National Preserve

May 27, 2016 

USFWS, FWC and National Park Service staff successfully released a 2-year-old Florida panther back into the wild at its new home in Big Cypress National Preserve.  

Anglers, be aware – tagged cobia in Florida waters

May 27, 2016 

Scientists with the FWC's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute are tagging cobia in order to track movement of the fish to learn more about the migration of the Gulf and Atlantic stocks. 

Audubon and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission ask boaters and beachgoers statewide to help coastal birds this Memorial Day Weekend

May 25, 2016 

This Memorial Day Weekend, the FWC and Audubon are reminding Floridians to share our beaches and islands with rare and declining species of waterbirds that are currently nesting statewide.  

Atlantic snook to close in state and federal waters

May 23, 2016 

The recreational harvest of snook in Atlantic state and federal waters will close on June 1. Snook will reopen for harvest in Atlantic state and federal waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River, on Sept. 1.  

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