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Stone crab claw season opens Oct. 15 in state, federal waters

October 04, 2016 

Florida’s recreational and commercial stone crab claw harvest season opens Oct. 15 in state and federal waters.  

FWC seeks public input on anchoring and mooring rules, pilot program

September 30, 2016 

The FWC has posted a brief online survey to accept this feedback. It should take approximately five to 10 minutes to complete and will be available to the public Oct. 1-9.  

FWC continues cutting-edge science to collect data on Florida’s widespread bear population

September 29, 2016 

To continue the cutting-edge science being conducted on Florida’s black bears, FWC researchers recently placed radio-collars on 16 adult female bears to track their movements in and around Tates Hell State Forest in northwest Florida.  

Naturally occurring red tide confirmed in southwest Florida

September 27, 2016 

Since Sept. 13, FWC researchers have processed over 150 water samples from southwest Florida and are working closely with partners to track red tide blooms. 

Hey, kids! Let’s go fishing!

September 26, 2016 

The annual Lake Eaton Kids’ Fishing Derby at the FWC's Ocala Conservation Center and Youth Camp will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, for children ages 6-12.  

Three victims identified in Miami Beach vessel accident; FWC investigating

September 26, 2016 

The FWC is investigating to determine the cause and nature of the boating accident. There is no set timetable for investigations of this nature, and may take several weeks to complete. 

Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day Sept. 24

September 23, 2016 

Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day with the FWC Saturday, Sept. 24, by getting outdoors and appreciating the contributions to conservation and wildlife that hunters and anglers make daily.  

Burmese python hatchlings seen on Key Largo:

September 22, 2016 

One 18-inch-long Burmese python was found on Aug. 2, 2016, in Key Largo, and a second similar-sized python was found on Aug. 3 in the same location. A third hatchling was found on Aug. 23 in north Key Largo.  

FWC land manager receives award from Cabinet

September 22, 2016 

Tina Hannon, a biologist at the FWC's Three Lakes WMA, received the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Resource Manager of the Year award at the Governor and Cabinet’s Sept. 20 meeting in Tallahassee. 

Gone Coastal column is back in action with a few new friends

September 21, 2016 

Have a burning question about marine fisheries regulations? Want to know more about catch-and-release? We are here for you. Send your questions, photos, and fishing tales to  

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