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Springtime spurs activity for Florida black bears

May 02, 2018 

The FWC reminds Florida residents and visitors they can take steps to reduce negative interactions with bears and other wildlife. 

Recreational and commercial trap fishery workshops scheduled for May; your input needed

May 01, 2018 

Potential regulation changes being discussed include requiring all recreational stone and blue crab traps have an FWC-issued tag number affixed to the trap. Several potential regulation changes for the commercial fishery will also be discussed. 

Media statement: FWC Commission goliath grouper update

April 26, 2018 

The FWC directed staff to continue current goliath grouper research and management, and develop a road map to direct future conservation efforts. They did not pursue a limited harvest.  

FWC approves statewide changes to tripletail and sheepshead management

April 26, 2018 

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

FWC discusses Gulf red snapper management, creates Gulf Reef Fish State For-Hire program for 2018-2019

April 26, 2018 

This program will enhance management efforts by requiring for-hire operations that target or harvest certain reef fish in Gulf of Mexico state waters (excluding Monroe County) to report their intention to harvest these species.  

Media statement: FWC Commission shark update

April 25, 2018 

The FWC directed staff to continue to stay engaged on all shark-related issues and to pursue development of draft regulations for shore-based shark fishing.  

Give nesting waterbirds space to help keep them safe

April 19, 2018 

Nesting birds can be easily disturbed if people approach too closely. Such disturbance can cause birds to abandon their nesting sites, exposing eggs and chicks to predators, sun exposure and other harm.  

Sign up for the 2018 Lionfish Challenge, win up to $5,000

April 19, 2018 

Registration for the FWC 2018 Lionfish Challenge is open. Register at MyFWC.com/Lionfish. 

FWC to meet April 25-26 in Fort Lauderdale

April 17, 2018 

For the full April 25-26 agenda and links to background reports, go to MyFWC.com/Commission and select “Commission Meetings.”  

Gov. Scott and FWC announce 40-day recreational red snapper season in Gulf state and federal waters

April 17, 2018 

The FWC and Gov. Rick Scott are excited to announce a 40-day recreational red snapper season for both Gulf state and federal waters. A 24-day season was originally proposed. 

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