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Bat maternity season starts April 15

March 26, 2015 

For bats that roost in structures such as houses and other buildings, guidelines have been developed to more effectively and safely exclude bats when it is not their maternity season in Florida.  

Free hunter safety Internet-completion course offered in Broward County

March 25, 2015 

The course will be held at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, 200 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach on April 4 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

FWC deactivates Zone 5 boating restrictions on Santa Fe River

March 25, 2015 

The FWC lifted the idle-speed, no-wake restriction on Zone 5, which runs from River Rise in O’Leno State Park west to the confluence of the Suwannee River. This 32-mile segment is an idle-speed, no-wake zone when the Santa Fe River reaches 17 feet, as indicated on the Three Rivers gauge, where flood stage is 19 feet. 

Give Florida’s beach-nesting shorebirds space to help them survive

March 24, 2015 

The FWC asks beachgoers to watch out for and avoid disturbing beach-nesting shorebirds on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the state. Shorebirds build nests out of sand and shells on Florida beaches in spring and summer, hatching chicks that are difficult to see.  

4 Florida counties open April 1 to gag grouper recreational harvest

March 24, 2015 

State waters off the coast of Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties will open to recreational harvest of gag grouper starting April 1. 

Spiny lobster season closes April 1

March 24, 2015 

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

Free hunter safety course offered in Santa Rosa County

March 24, 2015 

The course will be at Avalon Middle School, 5445 King Arthur’s Way, Milton. Instruction is from 6 to 10 p.m. March 30, April 1, 6 and 8. The range portion of the class is April 18 from 7 to 10 a.m. 

FWC scientist recognized for contributions to bass research, conservation, management

March 23, 2015 

won the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society. 

Free Kids’ Fishing Clinic promises day of learning, fun

March 20, 2015 

Teaching children a lifelong hobby, instilling appreciation for our marine environment and providing fun, family outings are the objectives for the Kids’ Fishing Clinic in Daytona Beach on March 28. 

Signing up to participate in the Gulf Reef Fish Survey becomes mandatory April 1

March 19, 2015 

Signing up to participate in the Gulf Reef Fish Survey becomes mandatory April 1, so sign up today. The easy, no-cost process will help the FWC paint a clearer picture of how many people are targeting Gulf reef fish and what anglers are seeing on the water.  

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