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4 Florida counties open April 1 to gag grouper recreational harvest; FWC gathering input on changes to this season

March 27, 2017 

State waters off the coast of Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties will open to recreational harvest of gag grouper starting April 1. This regional season will remain open through June 30. The season also includes all waters of Apalachicola Bay and Indian Pass, including those in Gulf County, and all waters of the Steinhatchee River, including those in Dixie County. 

Spiny lobster season closes April 1

March 23, 2017 

The spiny lobster recreational and commercial season closes to harvest in state and federal waters starting April 1, and will reopen Aug. 6.  

Free Kids’ Fishing Clinic in Pensacola promises day of learning, fun

March 23, 2017 

These free clinics enable young people to learn the basics of conservation stewardship, fishing ethics, angling skills and safety.  

Free fishing derby for youth at Tenoroc Fish Management Area

March 23, 2017 

This event, sponsored by the FWC, does not require a fishing license. However, derby participants must preregister. 

Free Kids’ Fishing Clinic in Weeki Wachee promises day of learning, fun

March 17, 2017 

These free clinics enable young people to learn the basics of conservation stewardship, fishing ethics, angling skills and safety. In addition, environmental displays will offer participants a unique chance to experience Florida’s marine life firsthand. 

Free Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic coming up in Ocala

March 17, 2017 

Lessons include knot tying, cast netting, rod and reel rigging, how to be a responsible marine resource steward, marine fish and habitat identification, catch-and-release techniques and more. 

FWC plans prescribed burn on Lake Okeechobee

March 14, 2017 

The FWC is planning to conduct a prescribed burn on 2,500 acres of Lake Okeechobee between the Kissimmee River and Buckhead Ridge Canal. 

Lionfish Panhandle Pilot Program ends May 19

March 10, 2017 

This yearlong lionfish removal incentive program rewards divers for harvesting lionfish off Escambia through Franklin counties. The program may be ending, but lionfish are open for harvest year-round and there are no bag or size limits. 

Be a citizen-scientist this horseshoe crab spawning season

March 09, 2017 

Biologists with the FWC are asking the public to report horseshoe crab sightings. For 15 years, citizens have reported horseshoe crab sightings to the FWC, providing important information about population distribution.  

FWC conducts aquatic plant control on Lake Rousseau

March 08, 2017 

Invasive hydrilla will be treated only in boat trails, but water lettuce and water hyacinth will be treated throughout the lake. 

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