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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.  

Free hunter safety course offered in Broward, Palm Beach, Okeechobee counties

April 17, 2015 

People interested in attending this course can register online and obtain information about future hunter safety classes at MyFWC.com/HunterSafety or by calling the FWC’s South Region Office at 561-625-5122. 

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. 

FWC moves forward with comprehensive draft bear management rules

April 15, 2015 

FWC Commissioners have approved several proposed bear-related rules that will be presented for final action in June. The draft rules address a wide variety of tools to manage bear populations and help reduce human-bear conflicts. 

Commission approves gray triggerfish size limit increase in Atlantic state waters

April 15, 2015 

The FWC has approved increasing the minimum size limit of gray triggerfish in Atlantic state waters from 12 inches fork length to 14 inches fork length. This change will make Atlantic state water regulations consistent with pending federal regulation changes and will go into effect after the federal regulations are approved. 

FWC approves changes to the spiny lobster commercial dive endorsement

April 15, 2015 

The FWC approved several changes to the spiny lobster commercial dive endorsement at its meeting April 15 in Tallahassee.  

Commission approves several changes to the commercial restricted species endorsement

April 15, 2015 

The FWC approved several changes to the commercial saltwater restricted species endorsement at its meeting April 15 in Tallahassee. 

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