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    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will be honoring the first place winners in each category at its December meeting in Panama City Beach. Winners • Recreational Category • First place Lionfish King: Ken Ayers, Bay County, 1,194 removed. • Second...
    Tuesday, October 1, 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced six additional recreational red snapper fishing days for Gulf waters. The season for private recreational anglers and state for-hire operations will be...
    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) 2019-2020 High School Fishing Program offers high school fishing clubs or teams the opportunity to apply for the Florida Sport Fish Restoration R3 Fishing Grant. This grant program is focused on...
    On September 7, you can try your hand at saltwater fishing without needing a saltwater fishing license. "License-free fishing days are a great way for Florida residents and visitors to get out on the water and find out why Florida...
    The recreational harvest season for snook starts Sept. 1 statewide, with the exception of state waters from the Pasco-Hernando county line south to Gordon Pass in Collier County. These waters remain closed to harvest due to impacts from a...
    A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) investigation led to the arrests on Friday, Aug. 9, of three suspects in Levy and Pinellas counties for violating state laws pertaining to illegally harvesting and selling various fish and wildlife....
    Damage from recent storm winds has closed two docks on Lake Weir in Carney Island Recreation and Conservation Area, 13275 SE 115 Ave., Ocklawaha, according to a Marion County press release. The main, floating dock and the personal watercraft dock...
    Recreational bay scallop season for Franklin through the northwestern portion of Taylor, as well as Levy, Citrus, and Hernando counties opens July 1 and will remain open through September 24. This includes Carrabelle, Lanark, St. Marks, Cedar Key, Crystal...
    The recreational red snapper season started June 11 in Gulf state and federal waters and will remain open through July 12, closing July 13. Anglers fishing from private recreational boats will need to sign up as a Gulf Reef Fish...
    At its February meeting in Gainesville, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) said it approved changes to shark fishing regulations, including management changes for the shore-based shark fishery. FWC says these rules are intended to increase survival of...
    Gag grouper recreational harvest closed in Gulf state and federal waters on Jan. 1, 2019. The same day, several species of grouper also closed to recreational and commercial harvest in Florida state waters of the Atlantic and all state waters...
    The recreational harvest season for snook closes Dec. 1 in federal and most state waters of the Gulf, including all of Monroe County and Everglades National Park. Snook, as well as redfish, remain catch-and-release only in state waters from the...
    At its September meeting in Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) directed staff to expand a recent mandatory catch-and-release only measure for snook and redfish due to red tide. The mandatory catch-and-release ruling will begin on September...
    The Gulf of Mexico gag grouper recreational season in state waters off Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson, and Taylor counties will be open for harvest September 1, through December 31. The season for all other Gulf state and federal waters is June...
    Recreational red snapper season closes soon in Gulf state and federal waters. Red snapper season for recreational anglers fishing from private vessels and for charter captains who do not have a federal reef fish permit is open through July 20...
    Recreational red snapper season starts June 11 in Gulf state and federal waters and remains open through July 20, closing July 21. According to FWC, this year and next year are unique compared to previous years in that Florida’s Gulf...
    Gag grouper will open for recreational harvest in most state Gulf of Mexico waters and all federal Gulf waters June 1 and will remain open through December 31. Franklin, Wakulla, Taylor, and Jefferson counties are excluded from this opening because...
    The commercial and recreational harvest of stone crab claws in Florida closes on May 16, with the last day of harvest on May 15. Stone crab season will reopen on October 15. This five-month closure occurs each year during the peak...
    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...
      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...