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Grouper fishing reopens May 1 in Atlantic, Monroe County waters

April 29, 2015 

The following species will reopen to harvest May 1: gag, black, red, yellowmouth, yellowfin and tiger grouper; scamp; red hind; rock hind; coney; and graysby. 

Snook to close in Gulf state and federal waters

April 27, 2015 

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. Snook is open to harvest in Atlantic state, federal and inland waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River, through May 31, closing June 1.  

Apply now for alligator hunt permits

April 24, 2015 

Applications for the Phase I random drawing will be accepted through April 30. Approximately 5,700 alligator harvest permits will be available. 

Lake Istokpoga aquatic plant management meeting set for May 4

April 23, 2015 

The public is invited to attend a meeting to review and comment on the Lake Istokpoga aquatic plant management plan for 2015-2016. Representatives from the FWC and Highlands County will be available to answer questions about planned upcoming aquatic plant management activities. 

Come to Free Kids’ Fishing Derby May 3 in Kissimmee

April 23, 2015 

The event is all about having some family fun at the Kissimmee Civic Center Pond. Bait and fishing equipment will be provided but children are welcome to bring their own.  

FWC, NASBLA encourage boaters to take a boating education course

April 20, 2015 

Florida law requires completion of an approved course, verified by NASBLA as meeting the national boating education standard, for individuals born on or after Jan. 1, 1988, who operate a motorboat of 10 horsepower or greater.  

Shikar-Safari Honors 2015 Officer of the Year

April 16, 2015 

The Shikar-Safari Club International has named Officer George Reynaud its 2015 Wildlife Officer of the Year. The annual award honors a state officer whose efforts show outstanding performance and achievement among sworn fish and wildlife law enforcement personnel. 

FWC names Eddie Childs as Florida’s Volunteer Hunter Safety Instructor of the Year

April 16, 2015 

The FWC has named Eddie Childs of Orange Park its 2014 Volunteer Hunter Safety Instructor of the Year – an award given to the volunteer who significantly advances the cause of safe hunting through extraordinary service in training and education. 

Harris Hill receives Youth Hunting Program’s Landowner of the Year award

April 16, 2015 

The FWC has presented Harris Hill of St. Cloud with the Landowner of the Year award for its Youth Hunting Program of Florida. This program strives to provide quality hunting experiences for 12- to 17-year-olds to increase the number of youths involved in the tradition of hunting. 

Commission approves 70-day recreational red snapper season in Gulf state waters

April 16, 2015 

The FWC has approved a 70-day recreational red snapper season for Gulf state waters. Red snapper is a popular species that has a strong economic impact for many coastal communities throughout Florida. 

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