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 […]

FWC: Snook season to reopen for anglers

FWC: Snook season to reopen for anglers

Florida — The recreational harvest season for snook reopens on February 1, 2015, in Florida’s Atlantic coastal and inland waters (from the Miami-Dade/Monroe county line north), including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River. The season will remain open through May 31. In the Atlantic, anglers may keep one snook per day that is not less […]

Lionfish invasion; know the facts, not the myth

Lionfish invasion; know the facts, not the myth

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) made several changes at a June 18, 2014, meeting in Fort Myers that will help combat the Lionfish invasion in Florida waters. Lionfish are an invasive species that have a negative impact on native wildlife and habitat. In 2013, the Lionfish was caught in Brevard County over […]