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FWC arrests man for vessel homicide

February 27, 2015 

Following the completion of an accident investigation, the FWC issued an arrest warrant for a Sunny Isles man on a vessel homicide charge. Felipe Escobar turned himself in when notified. 

FWC achieves re-accreditation

February 25, 2015 

The FWC's Division of Law Enforcement received recognition at a ceremony in Daytona Beach for completing the review process to maintain its accreditation status.  

Plan for conserving 60 Florida species ready for input

February 24, 2015 

The Imperiled Species Management Plan is an innovative new wildlife conservation model for Florida. The draft plan combines actions targeted to protect each of the 60 species with broader integrated strategies benefiting multiple species. 

Learn a hobby at free Women’s Fishing Clinic in Melbourne Beach

February 24, 2015 

Participants will not only take home a lifelong hobby, they will leave with a new appreciation for the marine environment. They will learn the basics of environmental stewardship, fishing ethics, angling skills, safety and the vulnerability of Florida’s marine ecosystems in a fun, laid-back atmosphere. 

Snook to reopen in Gulf state waters

February 23, 2015 

The recreational harvest season for one of Florida’s premier fish, snook, reopens on March 1 in Florida’s Gulf of Mexico state and adjacent federal waters, including Everglades National Park and Monroe County. The season will remain open through April 30. 

FWC, partners coordinate first statewide Nonnative Fish Catch, Click and Submit Contest

February 19, 2015 

Contest submissions will help researchers better understand the distribution of nonnative fishes in Florida. To participate, anglers are asked to photograph and report their nonnative fish catch during the contest period, Feb. 21 – March 1. 

TrophyCatch helps demonstrate success of Lake Trafford restoration

February 19, 2015 

During a recent fishing tournament, John Stewart, 54, of Alva caught, documented and released an 8-pound, 2-ounce Florida largemouth bass on Lake Trafford. 

Gulf recreational red snapper season workshops scheduled for March

February 18, 2015 

Staff will gather public input on a proposed 2015 season that would start May 23 and run through July 12, resume for all of Labor Day weekend and finish with Saturdays and Sundays throughout September and October, with the last day of harvest being Sunday, Nov. 1.  

Annual student archery tournament to be held in Newberry

February 16, 2015 

The 2015 National Archery in the Schools Program state tournament for Florida will be held in Newberry on Feb. 28. 

Bully netting and barracuda workshops scheduled for late February and early March

February 16, 2015 

The bully netting workshops will focus on commercial license requirements, commercial harvest limits and other potential management measures and at the barracuda workshops, staff will gather public input on potential regulation changes such as commercial and recreational bag limits, size limits, gear restrictions, region-specific regulations or other related management options for barracuda.  

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