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FWC investigating freshwater turtle die-off in central Florida

May 30, 2018 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is investigating a die-off of freshwater turtles and is asking the public to assist by providing information.  

Critical Wildlife Area signs go up in southwest Florida

May 15, 2018 

The FWC is installing in-water markers around CWAs in southwest Florida. Alafia Banks CWA in Hillsborough County, and Myakka River CWA and Roberts Bay CWA in Sarasota County, have new signs alerting boaters to the status of these islands.  

Critical Wildlife Area signs go up in Brevard County

May 15, 2018 

The FWC has installed in-water markers around two Critical Wildlife Areas in Brevard County. Stick Marsh CWA and BC49 CWA have new signs alerting boaters to the status of these islands.  

Stone crab season closes May 16

May 15, 2018 

The commercial and recreational harvest of stone crab claws in Florida closes on May 16, with the last day of harvest on May 15. Stone crab season will reopen on Oct. 15.  

FWC captures bear posing public safety threat

May 11, 2018 

FWC biologists believe the adult bear is responsible for attacking several dogs and opening and entering multiple unoccupied, parked vehicles.  

Air potato leaf beetles coming to north Florida to help control invasive vine

May 10, 2018 

The FWC and partners are sponsoring an Air Potato Challenge to distribute air potato leaf beetles to people trying to get rid of invasive air potato vines on their property.  

Sea turtle nesting begins in May on many beaches

May 09, 2018 

Beachfront property owners and beach visitors can help nesting turtles and hatchlings by turning off or shielding lights that are visible from the beach at night. 

Exotic Pet Amnesty Day set for May 19 in St. Petersburg

May 07, 2018 

People may surrender their exotic pets at the event, whether they are being kept legally or illegally, without penalty or cost. The Exotic Pet Amnesty Program offers a legal alternative to releasing exotic pets that owners can no longer keep.  

Sturgeon returning to the Suwannee River

May 03, 2018 

While boating on the Suwanee River, going slow is recommended to reduce the risk of impact and allow for more reaction time if a jumping sturgeon is encountered. 

2018 Lionfish Festival, new location, same fun

May 03, 2018 

The 2018 Lionfish Removal and Awareness Festival is Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Flora-Bama Yacht Club and Ole River Grill in Perdido Key on the Florida/Alabama coastal border.  

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Freshwater catfish have many external taste buds on their barbels, so they use their sense of taste more than their sight to find prey.

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