Category: FWC

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to Host 25th Annual Florida State Fish Art Contest

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, in partnership with Wildlife Forever, is excited to announce the 25th Anniversary Fish Art Contest is now open. Since 1997, the contest has grown into an internationally recognized youth conservation program, drawing thousands of entries each year from across the country. […]

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FWC Concludes Successful Season of the TrophyCatch Program, Eight Prized Bass Still Swimming

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s TrophyCatch program is ending another successful season. Any bass caught in Season 10, which runs from Oct. 1, 2021, to Sept. 30, 2022, must be submitted by Oct. 15 to qualify for prizes. […]

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2022 Spiny Lobster Season Now Open With Two-Day Recreational Mini-Season, July 27-28

The 2022 spiny lobster season opens with the two-day recreational mini-season on July 27 and 28, followed by the regular commercial and recreational lobster season, which starts Aug. 6 and runs through March 31, 2023. […]

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Registration Now Open for 2022 Florida Python Challenge, Removal Competition Begins Aug. 5

The Florida Python Challenge is an exciting conservation effort that helps protect the rare Everglades habitat and the animals that live there from these invasive, nonnative snakes. […]

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Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission Advises Citizens About Ways to Help Nesting Sea Turtles

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reminds the public that we can help sea turtles have a successful nesting season by giving them space, removing beach furniture at night, keeping beaches clean and dark, and never disturbing their nests. […]

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FWC: Recreational Harvest of Snook in Atlantic State and Federal Waters to Close June 1

The recreational harvest of snook in Atlantic state and federal waters has a regular-season closure that starts June 1. Snook is one of the many reasons Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World. […]

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WATCH: Multi-Agency Search Team Rescue Lost Hiker Following 7-Hour Search

The U.S. Coast Guard, along with, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and partner agencies, rescued a hiker who was separated from her partner that was lost within 11,000 acres of trails, mangroves, and marshland. […]

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Florida Fish and Wildlife Begins Innovative Nutrient Reduction Project on Lake Okeechobee

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is leading a new, innovative project to remove invasive aquatic plants and evaluate nutrients removed to improve water quality in Lake Okeechobee in south Florida. […]

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FWC: Spring is Perfect Time to Take Boating Safety Course Before tSummer Boating Season Begins

Spring has arrived and that means many residents and visitors will be flocking to Florida’s beautiful beaches and waterways. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) wants boaters to “Spring Aboard” and get educated prior to the kick-off of the boating season to make the most of their time on the water.  […]

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Florida Fish and Wildlife’s New Diamondback Terrapin Conservation Measures Now in Effect

At its December 2021 meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved regulation changes that will help further diamondback terrapin conservation by preventing them from being collected from the wild. […]

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Florida Fish and Wildlife to Host Free Youth Freshwater Fishing Derby on April 2

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) invites you to attend a free youth freshwater fishing derby at the Tenoroc Public Use Area, 3829 Tenoroc Mine Road, Lakeland, FL 33805 on Saturday, April 2, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Preregistration is now open and is required to attend the derby. […]

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Florida Fish and Wildlife Raises Awareness of Horseshoe Crab Peak Mating Season

It’s almost spring and that means it’s peak mating season for horseshoe crabs. Help biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission gather valuable information about these ancient creatures by reporting sightings on the online survey. […]

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Snook Slated to Reopen for Recreational Harvest in Atlantic State Waters Feb. 1

Snook reopens for recreational harvest on February 1 in Florida’s Atlantic coastal and inland waters from the Miami-Dade/Monroe county line north, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River. […]

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Florida Fish and Wildlife Arrest Suspects Who Poached More Than 500 Pounds of Fish and Sharks

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced today the arrest and charge of 10 individuals from Atlanta, Georgia for the unlawful use of a monofilament entanglement net for the take of several species of fish and sharks at the Skyway Bridge North Rest Area. […]

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