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NOTICE: Apalachicola Bay oyster monitoring stations start Dec. 5

December 02, 2016 

Starting Dec. 5 through May 31, 2017, commercial and recreational harvest of oysters is prohibited on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.  

FWC releases videos to educate Floridians on how best to avoid conflicts with bears

December 01, 2016 

The new videos are being added to the existing “Living with Florida Black Bears” series and the FWC plans to release more bear-related videos in the coming months. The short videos help meet the information needs of a busy public.  

St. Johns River to get improved manatee protection signs

November 30, 2016 

The FWC will begin work to install waterway markers for state-adopted manatee protection zones in the St. Johns River within Putnam, Lake and Volusia counties. The work will begin mid-January and should be completed in four to six weeks.  

Snook harvest seasonal closure in Gulf starts Dec. 1

November 29, 2016 

The recreational harvest season for snook closes Dec. 1 in Gulf state and federal waters, including Monroe County and Everglades National Park, and will remain closed through Feb. 28, 2017, reopening to harvest March 1, 2017.  

FWC gives preliminary approval to changes in Collier County manatee zones

November 17, 2016 

The FWC’s recommendations for changes to Collier County’s manatee zones are based on recent data collected from manatee surveys, deaths and habitat use, as well as boat use data in area waters. 

FWC approves historic plan to conserve imperiled species

November 17, 2016 

At its meeting in St. Petersburg, the FWC approved the Imperiled Species Management Plan, a capstone on five years of work developing the plan, and over a decade of revising the listing process. 

FWC sets new barracuda size limits for south Florida

November 17, 2016 

These changes will apply in state and federal waters off Collier, Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Martin counties only. 

FWC crowns Lionfish King; celebrates removal of more than 111,000 lionfish

November 17, 2016 

The FWC, at the Nov. 17 meeting in St. Petersburg, presented a custom-made, mounted metal lionfish trophy to the FWC’s first-ever Lionfish King, David Garrett. 

Hogfish conservation measures and boundaries set

November 17, 2016 

Hogfish is overfished and undergoing overfishing in the Florida Keys and east Florida. Federal law requires the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to end overfishing immediately and implement a 10-year rebuilding plan. 

Gulf gray triggerfish 2017 recreational season conservation measure approved

November 17, 2016 

The gray triggerfish recreational season will remain closed Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2017, in Gulf state waters. 

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