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 […]

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 […]

Confirmed: Suphan cobra on the loose in Ocala

Confirmed: Suphan cobra on the loose in Ocala

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has confirmed that search efforts are underway for a missing suphan cobra in the vicinity of the 900 block of Northeast 9th Street, Ocala. According to a FWC press release, residents in the area, especially if walking a pet, should use caution until the snake is captured. FWC […]

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 […]

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 […]

FWC: Bear hunting postponed for 2016

FWC: Bear hunting postponed for 2016

Florida — Today, the seven-member Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) voted to postpone bear hunting in Florida in 2016. Although the framework for bear hunting in Florida remains in place, there will be a zero hunt objective set for 2016, and the Commission could consider future bear hunting in 2017. Nick Wiley, FWC […]

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 […]

Man accuses FWC of giving back illegal bear killed during bear hunt

Man accuses FWC of giving back illegal bear killed during bear hunt

Florida — Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said they will have to make some adjustments before the next bear hunt. This past weekend, Florida had its first bear hunt in 21 years, and it had to be shut down early because FWC underestimated the success of the hunt. According to officials, 3,778 bear-hunt […]

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 […]

FWC: Register for the 2016 Python Challenge

FWC: Register for the 2016 Python Challenge

  Official Press Release – Want to help conserve Florida’s unique Everglades ecosystem? Then sign up for the 2016 Python Challenge™ competition and join the Florida Fish and Conservation Commission (FWC), the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida Inc. and partners to remove invasive Burmese pythons from public lands in south Florida. Starting Thursday, Oct. […]

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 […]

Kids’ fishing clinic in Naples

Kids’ fishing clinic in Naples

Naples, Florida — 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 Naples this weekend. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will offer a free Kids’ Fishing Clinic for children between the ages of 5 and 15 […]

FWC: Kids Fishing Derby in Ocala coming soon

FWC: Kids Fishing Derby in Ocala coming soon

Ocala, Florida — The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will be conducting a Kids Fishing Derby on October 4, 2014, at the FWC’s Ocala Conservation Center. This year’s event will be limited to the first 100 participants. Each participant will have the opportunity to fish, as well as compete in a casting contest, […]