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FWC promotes heightened awareness, enforcement for boating under the influence this weekend as part of Operation Dry Water

June 28, 2018 

FWC officers will be focused on educating boaters about safe boating practices, which includes boating sober and enforcing the Florida’s boating under the influence laws.  

Update: FWC’s response to Limerock Wildfire

June 27, 2018 

The FWC announced earlier today that we have suspended our prescribed fire program statewide and the Inspector General has begun an investigation to review all procedures, protocols and operations for the statewide prescribed fire program  

FWC initiates Inspector General investigation and suspends prescribed fire program

June 27, 2018 

Investigations underway to determine cause of wildfire. 

Bay scallop season opens July 1 in Franklin-NW Taylor and Levy-Hernando counties

June 26, 2018 

Starting July 1, state waters off the following areas will open to bay scallop harvest: Franklin through northwest Taylor County and Levy, Citrus and Hernando counties. 

FWC provides important alligator safety advice

June 25, 2018 

Alligators become more active during warm weather months, and it’s not uncommon to see them throughout the state. Most interactions consist of seeing alligators at a distance. However, if you have a concern about a specific alligator, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) urges you to call their toll-free Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR (392-4286). 

Tripletail and sheepshead changes effective July 1

June 25, 2018 

These proactive measures will help conserve both fisheries for current and future generations. 

FWC awards $250,000 in lionfish research funds

June 21, 2018 

Research proposals were submitted in fall 2017 and five organizations were selected to each receive $50,000 in funding. Contracts were executed in March 2018 and will be completed by June 2019. 

Media statement: FWC Commission trap fisheries update

June 20, 2018 

At the June 20 meeting in Sarasota, the FWC approved several draft changes to recreational and commercial trap fisheries rules and directed staff to come back to the September meeting for a final public hearing.  

FWC approves new course requirements for airboat operators carrying passengers for hire

June 19, 2018 

The rule is supported by the airboat education industry, stakeholders and the public as indicated from three public meetings and meetings with the Florida Airboat Association.  

FWC names John Little as the Hunter Safety Instructor of the Year

June 19, 2018 

The FWC named John Little of Palm Bay the 2017 Volunteer Hunter Safety Instructor of the Year at its June Commission meeting in Sarasota.  

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