Red tide detected in Southwest Florida

Red tide detected in Southwest Florida

A bloom of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, was observed along Lee and Charlotte counties in Southwest Florida over the past week. In Southwest Florida, K. brevis was observed at background concentrations in one sample collected from Manatee County, background to low concentrations in fourteen samples collected from Sarasota County, background to medium […]

FWC charges 3 in connection to shark dragging video

FWC charges 3 in connection to shark dragging video

  Following a four-month-long investigation, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), along with the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office announced charges against three fishermen in connection with a video of a shark being dragged behind a boat at a high rate of speed. During the investigation, officials said they also learned of other […]

New Critical Wildlife Area in Volusia County

New Critical Wildlife Area in Volusia County

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) today approved a new Critical Wildlife Area in Volusia County. The small island, known as Port Orange Colony and now approved as a CWA, shelters hundreds of brown pelicans during nesting season. It is less than 2 acres but is one of the largest breeding sites for […]

Stone crab claw season opens soon in state, federal waters

Stone crab claw season opens soon in state, federal waters

Florida’s recreational and commercial stone crab claw harvest season opens Oct. 15 through May 15, 2018, closing May 16, in state and federal waters. To ensure this valuable resource is available for generations to come, take care when removing crab claws and follow all conservation-based management guidelines for stone crab harvest. Harvesters should only take […]

FWC: Gulf County bay scallop season postponed

FWC: Gulf County bay scallop season postponed

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the bay scallop season off Gulf County remains postponed due to a naturally occurring algae bloom in St. Joseph Bay. The season postponement will continue until scallop samples test safe for human consumption. According to a press release, the season postponement will continue until scallop samples test […]

Spiny lobster regular recreational and commercial season

Spiny lobster regular recreational and commercial season

FWC – Today, spiny lobster regular recreational and commercial season begins. The two-day sports season last week successfully wrapped up, and lobster lovers everywhere are now getting ready for the regular recreational and commercial season, which starts Aug. 6 and runs through March 31, 2018. This economically important season generates more than $1 million through […]

FWC approves bay scallop season changes for 2017

FWC approves bay scallop season changes for 2017

(Official FWC Press Release) At its February meeting in Crystal River, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) discussed the current status of bay scallops in St. Joseph Bay in Gulf County; approved regional changes to the bay scallop season dates in Gulf County and areas surrounding Gulf County; and discussed potential season dates […]

Anglers, be aware of snook harvest seasonal closures

Anglers, be aware of snook harvest seasonal closures

Florida – The recreational harvest season for snook closes December 15 in Atlantic state and federal waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River. The season will remain closed through January 31, 2017, and reopen for harvest on February 1, 2017. Anglers may continue to catch and release snook during the closed season. Gulf state and […]

2016 Gulf recreational red snapper state season closes soon

2016 Gulf recreational red snapper state season closes soon

  The 2016 recreational red snapper season in Gulf of Mexico state waters closes July 11, with the last day of harvest being July 10. The season will reopen Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in September and October, and on Labor Day. This season will help maintain fishing opportunities for recreational anglers in state waters and […]

Gag grouper recreational harvest closing in 4-county Gulf region

Gag grouper recreational harvest closing in 4-county Gulf region

  Gag grouper recreational harvest will close in state waters off the coasts of Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson, and Taylor counties on July 1, with the last day of harvest June 30. The gag grouper recreational harvest season in Gulf of Mexico state waters, not including Franklin, Jefferson, Wakulla, and Taylor counties, opened June 1 and […]

Reminder about closed boat ramps

Reminder about closed boat ramps

The Marion County Board of County Commissioners wants to remind the public about boat ramp closures for the month of April. Marion County Parks and Recreation announced that boat ramps will be closed at the Moss Bluff South park for repairs from April 11 to April 22, 2016. The following boat ramps will be available during […]

Red tide report as of January 14, 2016

Red tide report as of January 14, 2016

Based on water samples collected over the past week, blooms of Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, persist along Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, and Lee counties in Southwest Florida. Background to very low concentrations of Karenia brevis were also detected in three samples collected inshore of Bay and Gulf counties in Northwest Florida. Fish […]

TrophyCatch season 4

TrophyCatch season 4

TrophyCatch Season 3 ended on a very positive note, and Season 4 is off to an even better start, with peak fishing time right around the corner. TrophyCatch is the citizen-science program that allows the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to collect data on largemouth bass heavier than 8 pounds. In return, corporate […]

TrophyCatch prepares to announce winner of a bass boat package

TrophyCatch prepares to announce winner of a bass boat package

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has concluded Season 3 (Oct. 1, 2014 to Sep. 30, 2015) of the TrophyCatch citizen-science, conservation rewards program for anglers who catch, document, and release large-mouth bass greater than 8 pounds. On Dec. 5, at approximately 1 p.m. at the Bartow Ford Winter Wonderland event in north […]

Gag grouper will close for recreational harvest

Gag grouper will close for recreational harvest

Gag grouper will close for recreational harvest in most Gulf of Mexico state waters December 4, with the last day of harvest being December 3. All Gulf federal waters will close December 3, with the last day of harvest being December 2. State waters off Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson, and Taylor counties were open from April […]

Red tide alert for 10-2-2015

Red tide alert for 10-2-2015

Blooms of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, are present along and offshore of Bay and Gulf counties and adjacent to Franklin County in northwest Florida, and along and offshore of Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte counties in Southwest Florida. In the past week, K. brevis was detected in background to high concentrations in 11 […]

Gag grouper season approaches for certain areas

Gag grouper season approaches for certain areas

State waters off the coast of Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson, and Taylor counties will open to recreational harvest of gag grouper starting April 1, 2015. This regional season will remain open through June 30, with the first day of the closure being July 1. The season also includes all waters of Apalachicola Bay and Indian Pass, […]

FWC: “Fishy” situation resulted in two felony arrests

FWC: “Fishy” situation resulted in two felony arrests

Miami, Florida — Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officers Mitchell Robb and Jeremy Foell arrested two men after they sensed something “fishy” during a traffic stop. Officers stopped David Hernandez Sordo, 48, and Pedro Suarez, 59, after Sordo ran a red light while pulling a 24-foot-boat without tie-down straps. While speaking with the individuals, Officer […]