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Additional weekend added to Gulf gray triggerfish fall state season due to Hurricane Irma

September 29, 2017 

Gray triggerfish will open in Gulf of Mexico state waters for recreational harvest Oct. 21 and 22, in addition to previously scheduled dates of Oct. 7 and 8, and Oct. 14 and 15.  

UPDATE: Unified Command continues assessment of vessels affected by Hurricane Irma, prioritizes displaced vessel removal

September 28, 2017 

The Emergency Support Function 10 (ESF 10) Florida, consisting of multiple state and federal agencies, is continuing efforts to assess and remove hazards in the wake of Hurricane Irma. 

FWC: Bears become more active in fall

September 27, 2017 

To be ready for leaner winter months, bears require around 20,000 calories a day and will eat anything that’s convenient. Accessing unsecured garbage often provides more calories in a shorter amount of time than foraging in the woods.  

Ways to help reef fish survive after barotrauma

September 26, 2017 

Descending devices bring fish back down to a depth where increased pressure from the water will recompress swim bladder gases and allow the fish to swim away.  

Idle-speed, no-wake restrictions lifted on Santa Fe River’s Zone 7; other three zones still being enforced

September 26, 2017 

The river’s water levels are falling, but speed restrictions in zones 5, 6 and 8 are still in effect. 

Hey, kids! Let’s go fishing!

September 22, 2017 

The annual Lake Eaton Kids’ Fishing Derby will be held at the FWC's Ocala Conservation Center and Youth Camp on Saturday, Oct. 14, starting at 8:30 a.m. for children ages 6-12. 

Free Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic coming up in

September 22, 2017 

The FWC is hosting a free, day-long Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic in Crystal River on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Fort Island Trail Park.  

Idle-speed, no-wake restrictions still being enforced

September 21, 2017 

Although the river’s water levels are falling, these four zones’ speed restrictions are still in effect 

New generation of hunters is emerging

September 20, 2017 

Besides hunting the rut, early bow seasons provide a great opportunity to take a mature whitetail and are among the best times to do so 

Reminder: 2017 bay scallop season closure starts Sept. 25

September 20, 2017 

For updates and more information on bay scallops, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing. 

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