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FWC approves draft rule to gather data from for-hire industry, discusses future of Gulf red snapper management

February 08, 2018 

The proposal would require for-hire operations that target or harvest certain reef fish in Gulf of Mexico state waters (excluding Monroe County) to report their intention to harvest these species.  

FWC extends the permit spawning season closure inside the Special Permit Zone

February 07, 2018 

The change, effective April 1, 2018, will add April to the existing May-through-July season closure for the harvest of permit inside the Special Permit Zone. 

Shikar-Safari honors 2018 Wildlife Officer of the Year

February 07, 2018 

The Shikar-Safari Club International named FWC Officer Michael Bibeau its 2018 Wildlife Officer of the Year during the Commission meeting near Tallahassee. 

FWC recognizes landowner George C. Owens for outstanding stewardship efforts

February 07, 2018 

The FWC named Washington County landowner George C. Owens as the 2017 Florida Land Steward of the Year for managing his property with exemplary land stewardship through his innovative use of silvipasture practices.  

FWC approves guidelines for conserving 8 imperiled species

February 07, 2018 

The species guidelines are designed to be a tool for landowners, consultants, agency partners and other interested parties on how to conserve these eight imperiled species. 

You’re invited! More people explore nature, engage in outdoors activities at Florida WMAs

February 07, 2018 

More information about the WMAs’ 75th anniversary and the experiences that WMAs offer to Floridians and visitors all year-long can be found at 

Free Women’s and Adult Saltwater Fishing Clinics coming up in Jacksonville

February 02, 2018 

The FWC is hosting a Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic on Feb. 17 and an Adult Saltwater Fishing Clinic on Feb. 18. The free, day-long clinics are from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Jacksonville University, 2800 University Blvd. N.  

Reef Rangers website is renovated, ready for more lionfish hunters

February 02, 2018 

Reef Rangers is a year-round lionfish removal program where individuals and teams of divers pledge to remove lionfish from adopted reef sites of their choice.  

Hunter safety courses offered in 2 additional counties in February

February 02, 2018 

Those interested in attending a course can register online and obtain information about future hunter safety classes at or by calling the FWC’s regional office in Panama City at 850-265-3676. 

New Critical Wildlife Area signs go up in Franklin County

February 01, 2018 

The FWC installed signs around two new Critical Wildlife Areas in Franklin County; Lanark Reef CWA and Flag Island CWA.  

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