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FWC promotes boating safety in Lee, Charlotte and Sarasota counties

March 02, 2017 

The FWC reminds boaters to enjoy their time on the water by taking a few safety precautions, such as wearing a life jacket, being prepared and alert, and taking a boating safety class. 

People can help nesting sea turtles!

March 01, 2017 

March is the beginning of Florida’s sea turtle nesting season, when female sea turtles leave the ocean to dig nests and lay golf ball-size eggs in the sand. 

Drawdown on Deer Point Reservoir supports conservation and recreational access

March 01, 2017 

The final day for the drawdown on Deer Point Reservoir conducted by the Bay County Utility Services Department was Tuesday, Feb. 28.  

FWC continues seagrass research and conservation with new status report

February 27, 2017 

Scientists and collaborators from agencies across Florida, including researchers with the Seagrass Integrated Mapping and Monitoring Program of the FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, published new information this month on seagrass health and status.  

FWC announces workshop for possible Apalachicola River boating rule

February 27, 2017 

The FWC will hold a public workshop in Apalachicola to address possible rule amendments reducing vessel speed limits within the Florida Intracoastal Waterway in the Apalachicola River in Franklin County.  

FWC announces workshop for possible Okaloosa County boating rule

February 27, 2017 

The FWC will hold a public workshop in Fort Walton Beach to address possible rule amendments reducing vessel speed limits within the Florida Intracoastal Waterway in Okaloosa County.  

Hydrilla treatment scheduled for Lake Hatchineha

February 27, 2017 

The FWC will treat portions of Lake Hatchineha in Osceola County for invasive hydrilla from Feb. 27 through March 10, weather permitting. 

FWC announces final opportunity for municipalities, counties to apply for derelict vessel removal funds

February 24, 2017 

Approximately $399,000 in remaining derelict vessel removal funds are available to state, county and city governments. 

Snook to reopen in Gulf waters

February 22, 2017 

The recreational harvest season for snook reopens March 1 and remains open through April 30 in Florida’s Gulf of Mexico state and adjacent federal waters, including Everglades National Park and Monroe County.  

Florida panther population estimate updated

February 22, 2017 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the FWC have updated the estimated number of endangered Florida panthers to 120 to 230 adult and subadult Florida panthers, according to a February 2017 report from the agencies. 

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