FWC restores aquatic habitat on Orange Lake

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) in October will conduct aquatic habitat restoration efforts on Orange Lake. About 160 acres of willows and invasive exotic sedge and floating tussocks will be administered treatment approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The treatment will improve…

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FWC marine fisheries director Jessica McCawley named South Atlantic Fishery Management Council chair

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Photo courtesy of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is excited to announce that Jessica McCawley, director of FWC’s Marine Fisheries Management Division, was recently named chair of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council. She was elected by council members at a meeting in Charleston, South Carolina.…

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**Photo Release** FWC, partners highlight technology used to research and monitor red tide

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Scientists at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute provided updates, demonstrated technology used to research and monitor naturally-occurring red tide, and highlighted the innovative public-private partnerships that support impacted communities and combat red tide. Support from Gov. Rick Scott and teamwork among partners has been critical in responding…

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Media statement: Gulf recreational gray triggerfish to close Sept. 28

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At its September meeting near Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved a federal consistency measure closing recreational gray triggerfish in Gulf of Mexico state waters starting Sept. 28. This closure is in response to harvest projections indicating that the 2018 federal recreational quota for gray triggerfish has been reached. The closure…

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Media statement: FWC Commission shrimp fishery update

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At its September meeting near Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved changes to commercial shrimp fishery management that will eliminate barriers to participation in the expanding live seafood market. These changes are part of a long-term project to evaluate and improve the management of Florida’s shrimp fisheries.  Approved changes include: Clarifying…

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FWC announces winners of 2018 Lionfish Challenge

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2018 Lionfish Challenge Commercial Champion, Ron Surrency, with FWC Commissioners. At its September meeting in Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced the winners of the 2018 Lionfish Challenge. A total of 28,260 lionfish were removed from Florida waters as part of this year’s challenge, which included recreational and commercial categories as…

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Media statement: FWC Commission expands fishery management measures in response to red tide

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At its September meeting in Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) directed staff to expand a recent catch-and-release only measure for snook and redfish to include Tampa Bay (including all of Manatee and Hillsborough counties) as well as all of Pinellas and Pasco counties starting Friday, Sept. 28. The FWC also directed…

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