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Bay scallop season in St. Joseph Bay opens Aug. 22 with bag limit changes

August 18, 2016 

Bay scallop season will open for harvest in the St. Joseph Bay area Aug. 22 and will remain open through Sept. 5, 2016. During this shortened season, the daily bag limit will be 40 scallops per person or 200 per vessel, whichever is less.  

Waste Pro and FWC team up to reduce human-bear conflicts

August 17, 2016 

The FWC and Waste Pro USA, Inc. are teaming up to help reduce human-bear conflicts in northwest Florida. Today, representatives from the two agencies met in Tallahassee to sign a Memorandum of Understanding which will solidify this partnership. 

One east coast blue crab trap closure ends early, another starts Aug. 20

August 16, 2016 

These 10-day trap closures give groups authorized by the FWC the opportunity to identify and retrieve lost and abandoned blue crab traps from the water. 

East coast blue crab trap closures start Aug. 20

August 15, 2016 

For more information regarding the FWC’s trap-retrieval program, blue crab trap closure dates, regulations and cleanup events, go to MyFWC.com/Fishing (click on “Saltwater Fishing,” then “Trap & Debris”).  

FWC concludes 14 CWA public workshops

August 15, 2016 

At the workshops, FWC staff explained how CWAs work and why they are needed, and addressed questions from attendees. The FWC will use the feedback received at these meetings to help evaluate the merits of each area for possible CWA establishment.  

FWC Aug. 18 workshop in Sebastian gives local governments ways to conserve gopher tortoises

August 11, 2016 

For more information, and to download the Gopher Tortoise Management Plan, visit MyFWC.com/GopherTortoise and click on “Management Plan.” 

FWC Aug. 17 workshop in Palm Beach County gives local governments ways to conserve gopher tortoises

August 10, 2016 

The goal of these workshops is to identify ways cities and counties can participate in protecting one of Florida’s threatened species. In addition, the FWC will discuss financial incentives available for local governments.  

FWC Aug. 16 workshop in Hendry County gives local governments ways to conserve gopher tortoises

August 09, 2016 

The goal of these workshops is to identify ways cities and counties can participate in protecting one of Florida’s threatened species. In addition, the FWC will discuss financial incentives available for local governments.  

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.  

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