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Gulf County bay scallop season closing Sept. 26 as a precautionary measure

September 26, 2018 

This closure is due to the presence of bloom levels of Karenia brevis, the naturally-occurring algae associated with red tide.  

Media statement: FWC Commission expands fishery management measures in response to red tide

September 26, 2018 

FWC directed staff to expand a recent catch-and-release only measure for snook and redfish to include Tampa Bay (including all of Manatee and Hillsborough counties) as well as all of Pinellas and Pasco counties starting Friday, Sept. 28.  

FWC approves listing status changes and new guidelines for 8 species

September 26, 2018 

The species guidelines are designed to be a tool for landowners, consultants, agency partners and other interested parties on how to conserve these species. Additionally, rule changes were made to further ensure protection of these species. 

A day on the water with Billy O.: A tale of friendship, fishing and bananas

September 21, 2018 

I was left with a newfound respect for a man teaching his children to fish and get outdoors, a renewed hope for the future of fishing and the next generation of conservationists, and a reminder that fishing and a love of the outdoors brings people together.  

Bay scallop season closes Sept. 25 in Franklin-NW Taylor and Levy-Hernando counties

September 20, 2018 

These season dates are for 2018 only. The FWC will be working toward creating a more permanent season structure in the future. 

FWC to meet Sept. 26-27 near Tallahassee

September 19, 2018 

The meeting is scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m., and the public will be provided opportunities to speak on agenda items each day.  

Support conservation while having fun this National Hunting and Fishing Day, celebrating #WhoTaughtYou

September 18, 2018 

The FWC encourages fellow conservationists to show appreciation for how they got involved in hunting, fishing, boating, wildlife viewing, birding, hiking, or other outdoor recreational activities.  

Hey, kids! Let’s go fishing!

September 13, 2018 

The derby, for children ages 6-12, will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13.  

Contracted nuisance alligator trappers sought for southwest Glades County

September 12, 2018 

To learn more about becoming a contracted nuisance alligator trapper and to apply online, visit MyFWC.com/Alligator and click on “Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program.”  

Contracted nuisance alligator trappers sought for St. Johns County

September 12, 2018 

To learn more about becoming a contracted nuisance alligator trapper and to apply online, visit MyFWC.com/Alligator and click on “Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program.”  

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