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April 15 marks start of Florida’s bat maternity season

March 19, 2018 

Bat maternity season begins April 15 and runs through August 15. Exclusions of bat colonies must be completed before the season starts.  

Look out for manatees when boating

March 15, 2018 

From April 1 through Nov. 15, seasonal manatee zones require boaters to slow down in certain areas to prevent manatees from being struck by motorboats or personal watercrafts.  

FWC, University of Florida invite public to meeting on Lake Istokpoga habitat management plan

March 15, 2018 

The meeting will be held March 22 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Bert J. Harris Jr. Agricultural Center Auditorium, 4509 George Blvd., Sebring, FL 33875.  

Help nesting sea turtles by keeping beaches dark and free of obstacles at night

March 01, 2018 

Keeping Florida’s beaches dark and uncluttered at night can help protect sea turtles that return to nest on our beaches. 

Report horseshoe crab spawning sightings with new FWC app

February 27, 2018 

These sighting reports provide important information about population distribution to the FWC. Although horseshoe crabs have existed for about 450 million years, their numbers have declined due to overfishing and loss of habitat.  

Gulf gray triggerfish opens March 1 with new bag and size limits

February 21, 2018 

The daily bag limit will be one fish per person (previously two fish per person) and the minimum size limit will be 15 inches fork length (previously 14 inches fork length).  

Report fish and wildlife sightings with FWC’s new app

February 19, 2018 

From fish kills to exotic species, to trapped or injured wildlife, FWC Reporter connects citizens to FWC experts directly from their Apple or Android devices.  

New FWC rule prohibits feeding of wild monkeys

February 14, 2018 

The health and safety of the public is the Commission’s number one priority. Feeding wild monkeys creates an elevated risk to human health because it brings them into closer contact with people. 

FWC hosts iguana technical assistance workshops in Keys

February 12, 2018 

Workshop participants will learn how to discourage iguanas from their property, and about legal removal options and regulations pertaining to the species.  

FWC approves regional bay scallop seasons for 2018 with some changes from original proposal

February 08, 2018 

The FWC approved regionally-specific bay scallop open season dates for 2018, including a change to the season for Levy, Citrus and Hernando counties and also approved a trial bay scallop season in state waters off Pasco County.  

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