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East coast blue crab trap closures start Aug. 10

August 05, 2016 

Recreational and commercial blue crab traps must be removed from certain state waters on the east coast of Florida prior to Aug. 10, the first day of two 10-day trap closures occurring this month. 

Mutton snapper workshops scheduled for August

August 02, 2016 

Mutton snapper is an important south Florida fishery. The 2015 stock assessment indicates that regulatory changes are needed for the fishery.FWC staff has been gathering public input on how to proceed with management of this fishery.  

The little lake that could

August 01, 2016 

Lake Trafford in Collier County recently received national recognition for its resurging bass fishery, made possible by ongoing restoration projects.  

Greater amberjack reopens to recreational harvest in Gulf waters Aug. 1

July 27, 2016 

The recreational harvest of greater amberjack will reopen in Gulf state waters Aug. 1. It will remain closed in Gulf federal waters through Dec. 31, 2016.  

Blue Spring Lagoon project will improve fish and wildlife habitat

July 27, 2016 

The FWC will be conducting a month-long project to enhance fish and wildlife habitat at Blue Spring Lagoon in Volusia County. The project will involve removal of material restricting the flow of water through the marsh south of Blue Spring State Park.  

Gray triggerfish recreational harvest closed in Gulf waters through Dec. 31

July 26, 2016 

The recreational harvest of gray triggerfish will remain closed to harvest in Gulf state and federal waters through Dec. 31, with the season reopening Jan. 1, 2017.  

FWC conducts aquatic plant control on Lake Rousseau

July 25, 2016 

Aquatic plant control operations are scheduled for Lake Rousseau during the weeks of Aug. 1 and Aug. 8, weather permitting. Iinvasive hydrilla will be treated in boat trails, and invasive water lettuce and water hyacinth will be treated throughout the lake. 

Melt the butter; spiny lobster seasons start soon

July 20, 2016 

The 2016 spiny lobster season opens with the two-day recreational sport season July 27 and 28, followed by the regular commercial and recreational lobster season, which starts Aug. 6 and runs through March 31. 

Time’s almost up to qualify for an extra spiny lobster via the Lionfish Challenge

July 12, 2016 

Fifty lionfish: That is all it takes to qualify for the Lionfish Challenge. And if you get your 50 now, you will receive a commemorative coin marking your membership and allowing you to take one extra spiny lobster per day during the two-day sport season July 27-28.  

Free Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic coming up in Panama City Beach!

July 08, 2016 

The free, day-long clinic is from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at St. Andrews State Park, 4607 State Park Lane, Panama City Beach. 

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