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A whopping 8,089 lionfish removed off Pensacola, state size record broken, during second Lionfish Day

May 18, 2016 

In Pensacola, 8,089 lionfish were removed in only two days at the Gulf Coast Lionfish Coalition Tournament. At FWC supported events statewide that weekend and leading up to that weekend, another 5,978 lionfish were removed for a total of 14,067 statewide. 

Davis Lake project to improve fish and wildlife habitat

May 18, 2016 

Davis Lake, part of the Tsala Apopka chain of lakes near Inverness in Citrus County, is the site of a project being conducted to improve fish and wildlife habitat, as well as water circulation, in the marsh.  

Exotic Pet Amnesty Day set for May 14 in Kissimmee

May 10, 2016 

People can surrender their exotic pets at the event without penalty or cost, whether they are being kept legally or illegally. The Exotic Pet Amnesty program helps to reduce the number of nonnative species being released into the wild.  

Stone crab season closes May 16

May 09, 2016 

The commercial and recreational harvest of stone crab claws in Florida closes on May 16, with the last day of harvest on May 15. Stone crab season will reopen on Oct. 15.  

Sturgeon collision on Suwannee injures Alachua man

May 09, 2016 

Ronald Dick was up river from Manatee Springs when a 4- to 5-foot sturgeon leapt out of the water and into the boat, striking the man, knocking him unconscious, according to FWC officers.  

Fish don’t talk, but we can

May 02, 2016 

It's critical that FWC staff and stakeholders, such as freshwater anglers and boaters, collaborate to ensure the use of the most appropriate fisheries management practices.  

Shorebird art contest: Kids celebrating mothers and chicks

April 29, 2016 

The FWC and Audubon Florida are launching an art contest for kids to celebrate moms and raise awareness about beach-nesting shorebirds and seabirds in Florida.  

FWC announces May start of sea turtle nesting season on many Florida beaches

April 29, 2016 

The FWC recommends residents and visitors in northwest Florida and all coastal communities follow a few simple guidelines in order to help conserve sea turtles and their hatchlings.  

NW Florida red drum bag limit lowered to 1 fish starting May 1

April 29, 2016 

The recreational red drum daily bag limit in the northwest red drum management zone (Escambia County through Fred Howard Park near Pasco County) will be lowered from two fish to one fish per person starting Sunday, May 1.  

Snook to close in Gulf state and federal waters

April 29, 2016 

Snook will close to all harvest in Gulf state, federal and inland waters, including all of Monroe County and Everglades National Park, starting May 1.  

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