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Bully netting best practices for harvesters and homeowners

July 24, 2017 

Spiny lobster season is gearing up, and it is not just for divers. Harvesting lobster at night with the use of bully nets and lights is legal and fun, and is popular in the Florida Keys and portions of Miami-Dade County.  

More than 5,000 lionfish removed so far in Lionfish Challenge 2017

July 24, 2017 

Interested in removing lionfish? There’s still plenty of time to compete in this year’s Lionfish Challenge, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) statewide removal incentive program. The program started on Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day, May 20, and ends Sept. 4. Over 5,000 lionfish have been removed from Florida waters thanks to the program, including nearly 3,700 recreational fish removals and more than 1,200 pounds commercially (equates to about 1,400 fish). 

Gulf County scallop season postponed due to naturally occurring algae bloom

July 24, 2017 

As a precautionary measure due to a naturally occurring algae bloom in St. Joseph Bay that affects shellfish, the bay scallop harvest originally scheduled to begin on July 25th in Gulf County waters will be temporarily postponed.  

FWC partners with Bienville Plantation to conduct bass tournament research

July 21, 2017 

There are many different livewell settings and management styles, so the FWC designed a research study to determine which combination of livewell settings and management styles provide the best water quality to keep the bass healthy prior to their release.  

FWC workshop in Lake County encourages local governments to conserve gopher tortoises

July 20, 2017 

The goal of these workshops is to identify ways cities and counties can participate in protecting one of Florida’s threatened species. In addition, the FWC will discuss financial incentives available for local governments.  

FWC workshop in Polk County encourages local governments to conserve gopher tortoises

July 20, 2017 

The goal of these workshops is to identify ways cities and counties can participate in protecting one of Florida’s threatened species. In addition, the FWC will discuss financial incentives available for local governments.  

Time to get crackin’; spiny lobster seasons start soon

July 20, 2017 

The 2017 spiny lobster season opens with the two-day recreational sport season July 26 and 27, followed by the regular commercial and recreational lobster season, which starts Aug. 6 and runs through March 31, 2018. 

New FWC BearWise funding will focus on communities with ordinances

July 20, 2017 

The funding will offset the costs for residents and businesses to use bear-resistant equipment to secure their garbage from bears.  

Spotted seatrout workshops scheduled late July/early August; FWC needs your input

July 19, 2017 

Learn more about the current status of spotted seatrout and share your input on management of this fishery by attending one of these workshops.  

Gulf County scallop season opens July 25

July 18, 2017 

Starting July 25, all state waters from the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County to the Pasco-Hernando county line will be open for harvest of bay scallops.  

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