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Exotic Pet Amnesty Day set for Aug. 19 in West Palm Beach

August 09, 2018 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium are holding an Exotic Pet Amnesty Day event on Sunday, Aug. 19, in West Palm Beach. People may surrender their exotic pets at the event, whether they are being kept legally or illegally, without penalty or cost. 

Lionfish Challenge 2018 – 1 month to go – Aug. 8 update

August 08, 2018 

The Lionfish Challenge has less than a month to go (last day to submit is Labor Day, Sept. 3), but there is still plenty of time to earn prizes or find an FWC-tagged lionfish, worth up to $5,000. To learn more about where our tagged lionfish can be found, keep reading.  

3 idle-speed, no-wake zones now activated on Santa Fe River

August 08, 2018 

A third idle-speed, no-wake zone was activated today on the Santa Fe River, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officials. 

Help prevent CWD

August 07, 2018 

Chronic Wasting Disease, or CWD as it’s more commonly called, has most recently been detected in Mississippi. This is the closest the fatal deer disease has been to our Florida border. 

FWC waives rules in response to red tide cleanup

August 07, 2018 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) continues to monitor the red tide affecting southwest Florida. Red tides are common along Florida’s Gulf coast, and fish populations have been resilient to the impact even after severe and prolonged red tide events. 

East coast blue crab trap closures start Aug. 10

August 06, 2018 

Recreational and commercial blue crab traps must be removed from certain state waters on the east coast of Florida prior to Aug. 10, the first day of two 10-day trap closures occurring this month. 

FWC Aug. 14 workshop in Santa Rosa County encourages local governments to conserve gopher tortoises

August 03, 2018 

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

Hunter safety courses offered in 4 counties in August

July 31, 2018 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering free hunter safety courses in four counties in August (list follows). 

Atlantic anglers and captains encouraged to assist FWC with red snapper research

July 30, 2018 

Researchers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute are asking for help from anglers, spearfishers, and charter captains to capture information about the Atlantic red snapper fishery. 

Pasco County bay scallop season closing statement

July 27, 2018 

Reminder: State waters off Pasco County remain open to bay scallop harvest through Sunday, July 29, and waters will be closed to harvest beginning Monday, July 30. 

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