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NOTICE: Apalachicola Bay oyster monitoring stations start Dec. 5

December 02, 2016 

Starting Dec. 5 through May 31, 2017, commercial and recreational harvest of oysters is prohibited on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.  

FWC releases videos to educate Floridians on how best to avoid conflicts with bears

December 01, 2016 

The new videos are being added to the existing “Living with Florida Black Bears” series and the FWC plans to release more bear-related videos in the coming months. The short videos help meet the information needs of a busy public.  

St. Johns River to get improved manatee protection signs

November 30, 2016 

The FWC will begin work to install waterway markers for state-adopted manatee protection zones in the St. Johns River within Putnam, Lake and Volusia counties. The work will begin mid-January and should be completed in four to six weeks.  

Snook harvest seasonal closure in Gulf starts Dec. 1

November 29, 2016 

The recreational harvest season for snook closes Dec. 1 in Gulf state and federal waters, including Monroe County and Everglades National Park, and will remain closed through Feb. 28, 2017, reopening to harvest March 1, 2017.  

Learn about landowner-led prescribed burn associations at FWC workshops

November 23, 2016 

Prescribed burn associations can partner with natural resource professionals, such as Landowner Assistance Program staff and university extension faculty, to receive technical assistance and training.  

Giving thanks for Florida’s one-of-a-kind Osceola wild turkey

November 23, 2016 

Florida is the only place in the world where the Osceola subspecies is found. Also known as the Florida wild turkey, this unique bird lives only on the Florida peninsula.  

Free Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic coming up in St. Augustine

November 21, 2016 

The free, day-long clinic is from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Anastasia State Park, 1340-A A1A South, St. Augustine. 

FWC gives preliminary approval to changes in Collier County manatee zones

November 17, 2016 

The FWC’s recommendations for changes to Collier County’s manatee zones are based on recent data collected from manatee surveys, deaths and habitat use, as well as boat use data in area waters. 

FWC approves historic plan to conserve imperiled species

November 17, 2016 

At its meeting in St. Petersburg, the FWC approved the Imperiled Species Management Plan, a capstone on five years of work developing the plan, and over a decade of revising the listing process. 

FWC sets new barracuda size limits for south Florida

November 17, 2016 

These changes will apply in state and federal waters off Collier, Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Martin counties only. 

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Black bears may look slow because they walk flat on their feet (called plantigrade) like people and travel with a shuffling gait, but they can run as fast as 30 mph.

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