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Spiny lobster season closes April 1

March 24, 2015 

The spiny lobster recreational and commercial season closes to harvest in state and federal waters starting April 1 and will reopen Aug. 6.  

Free hunter safety course offered in Santa Rosa County

March 24, 2015 

The course will be at Avalon Middle School, 5445 King Arthur’s Way, Milton. Instruction is from 6 to 10 p.m. March 30, April 1, 6 and 8. The range portion of the class is April 18 from 7 to 10 a.m. 

FWC scientist recognized for contributions to bass research, conservation, management

March 23, 2015 

won the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society. 

Free Kids’ Fishing Clinic promises day of learning, fun

March 20, 2015 

Teaching children a lifelong hobby, instilling appreciation for our marine environment and providing fun, family outings are the objectives for the Kids’ Fishing Clinic in Daytona Beach on March 28. 

Signing up to participate in the Gulf Reef Fish Survey becomes mandatory April 1

March 19, 2015 

Signing up to participate in the Gulf Reef Fish Survey becomes mandatory April 1, so sign up today. The easy, no-cost process will help the FWC paint a clearer picture of how many people are targeting Gulf reef fish and what anglers are seeing on the water.  

Help plan the future of T.M. Goodwin Waterfowl Management Area

March 17, 2015 

A 10-year plan for the T.M. Goodwin Waterfowl Management Area will be presented Tuesday, March 31. People are invited to the 7 p.m. public hearing at the Brevard County Commission Chambers, 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, in Viera. 

Biologists tally a record high manatee count

March 16, 2015 

Aerial surveys are conducted annually, weather permitting, to provide researchers with a count of manatees visible in Florida waters at the time of the survey. During the February count, a team of 20 observers from 11 organizations counted 3,333 manatees on Florida’s east coast and 2,730 on the west coast of the state.  

Join FWC webinars to comment on black bear management plan

March 16, 2015 

The webinars will be held March 23 and March 26, each beginning at 6 p.m. EDT. Those interested in viewing the webinar must register for either session. 

FWC asks beachgoers to help survey spawning horseshoe crabs

March 16, 2015 

As spring approaches, horseshoe crabs congregate to spawn along sandy beaches and shallow coastal waters throughout the state. FWC biologists are asking the public to assist in the FWC’s survey effort by reporting horseshoe crab sightings and other useful information. 

Portion of road closed in Gores Landing WMA

March 16, 2015 

Due to recent rainfall and flooding conditions, a large portion of McLemore Road on the Gores Landing Wildlife Management Area has become impassable and is closed until March 29 to vehicle traffic. 

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