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Atlantic snook to close in state and federal waters

May 23, 2016 

The recreational harvest of snook in Atlantic state and federal waters will close on June 1. Snook will reopen for harvest in Atlantic state and federal waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River, on Sept. 1.  

Free Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic coming up on St. George Island!

May 20, 2016 

The FWC is hosting a free Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic on St. George Island 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. June 4, at the St. George Island State Park. Advance registration is required.  

FWC to host public webinars to discuss bear management

May 20, 2016 

The FWC is hosting three public webinars to discuss the FWC’s black bear management program and answer questions. The webinars will be May 26, May 31 and June 2, beginning at 6 p.m. EDT.  

Fernandina free Kids’ Saltwater Fishing Clinic rescheduled

May 19, 2016 

The FWC Kids’ Saltwater Fishing Clinic scheduled for May 21 in Fernandina has been postponed due to inclement weather. The event will be rescheduled for June 11 at Fort Clinch State Park, 2601 Atlantic Ave.  

Teenager catches state-record flathead catfish

May 19, 2016 

Charles Patchen (13) from Alabama caught a 63.8-pound flathead catfish on the Chattahoochee River in Jackson County at 2:30 p.m. on May 15. He beat the previous certified state record by more than eight pounds. 

Bay scallop workshops scheduled May 24 and June 13

May 18, 2016 

Workshops to gather public input on this summer’s bay scallop season in St. Joseph Bay will be held May 24 and June 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. EDT at the Capital City Bank conference room in Port St. Joe.  

2015 boating accident statistics provide an opportunity for boating safety reminders

May 18, 2016 

Nearly half of boating accidents in 2015 involved collisions and 34 percent of all collisions were due to inattention or the operator failing to maintain a proper look-out.  

A whopping 8,089 lionfish removed off Pensacola, state size record broken, during second Lionfish Day

May 18, 2016 

In Pensacola, 8,089 lionfish were removed in only two days at the Gulf Coast Lionfish Coalition Tournament. At FWC supported events statewide that weekend and leading up to that weekend, another 5,978 lionfish were removed for a total of 14,067 statewide. 

Davis Lake project to improve fish and wildlife habitat

May 18, 2016 

Davis Lake, part of the Tsala Apopka chain of lakes near Inverness in Citrus County, is the site of a project being conducted to improve fish and wildlife habitat, as well as water circulation, in the marsh.  

FWC: safe boating saves lives

May 18, 2016 

In conjunction with National Safe Boating Week, the Governor’s Office has issued a proclamation extending best wishes to all May 21-27, 2016, for Safe Boating Week in Florida.  

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Adult male black bears in Florida normally weigh between 250 and 400 pounds, with adult females normally weighing between 125 and 250 pounds.

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