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FWRI director receives Capt. Phil Chapman Conservation Award

July 11, 2017 

The award is presented to those who display a passionate commitment to the conservation of Florida’s marine fisheries. 

Fishing association honors 2 FWC officers

July 11, 2017 

Capt. Pat Kelly, Florida Guides Association president, presented FWC officers Peter “Sean” Gaudion and Michael Bibeau with the “Trained Eyes Coastwatchers” Officer of the Year award. 

Gag grouper fall season approved in Gulf 4-county region

July 11, 2017 

The FWC approved lengthening the Gulf of Mexico gag grouper recreational season in state waters off Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties by opening the season Sept. 1 through Dec. 31.  

FWC approves Gulf gray triggerfish limited fall season, conservation measures

July 11, 2017 

The FWC approved several management changes for gray triggerfish caught in Gulf of Mexico state waters including a limited fall season and several conservation measures.  

FWC discusses sheepshead, tripletail and cobia management

July 10, 2017 

The Commission did not take action on draft changes to sheepshead and tripletail in order to give staff time to gather more input from commercial and recreational stakeholders on potential changes.  

FWC conducts aquatic plant control on Lake Rousseau

July 07, 2017 

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

Free Women’s and Adult Saltwater Fishing Clinics coming up in Panama City Beach!

July 07, 2017 

Participants will take home a lifelong hobby and leave with a new appreciation for the marine environment.  

Southwest Florida blue crab trap closure starts July 10, followed by Big Bend trap closure

July 06, 2017 

This closure will give groups authorized by the FWC the opportunity to identify and retrieve lost and abandoned blue crab traps from the water. 

Additional goliath grouper workshop scheduled July 31 in Lake Worth

July 05, 2017 

Fifteen workshops are scheduled across the state in August and October. Share your input and learn more about the current status of goliath grouper by attending one of these workshops.  

FWC to meet July 10-11 in Orlando

June 30, 2017 

The meeting both days starts at 8:30 a.m. and is open to the public. The public will be provided opportunities to speak on agenda items both days. 

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