Reminder: Goliath grouper in-person workshops scheduled in your area

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting several public workshops in your area to gather public input on the management of goliath grouper, including the possibility of a limited harvest in Florida state waters. Upcoming in-person workshops are scheduled as follows (scheduled 5 to 8 p.m. local time, except for Tallahassee): Oct.…

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Goliath grouper in-person workshops scheduled for October; online workshops also available

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will continue gathering public input on the management of goliath grouper this month at several in-person workshops scheduled across the state. The FWC is seeking input on goliath grouper management, including the possibility of a limited harvest in Florida state waters. A total of 16 in-person workshops…

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Share your bay scallop input with the FWC; workshops scheduled for October

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This summer, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) implemented staggered season start and end dates for bay scallop harvest. The FWC needs your feedback on this staggered season structure before determining how to manage the season in the future. The FWC will be hosting five public workshops including areas of the state where…

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Cancelled: Oct. 7 Crystal River Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic

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Due to the impending impact of Tropical Storm Nate to the Florida Gulf coast this weekend, the Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 7 in Crystal River has been cancelled. For information about Women’s Fishing Clinics, contact Heather Sneed at Heather.Sneed@MyFWC.com, or 850-487-0554. To find a fishing clinic  near you, visit MyFWC.com and…

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Florida’s recreational and commercial saltwater fishing industries are open for business

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Looking for a fun time out on the water, or a nice locally caught fish dinner? The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is reminding residents and visitors that, despite the effects of Hurricane Irma, recreational and commercial saltwater fishing operations are reopening for business. While charter for-hire and commercial fishing operators were hit…

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Stone crab claw season opens Oct. 15 in state, federal waters

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Photos available on the FWC’s Flickr site: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjCmyM7g.  How to harvest stone crab video available on the FWC’s YouTube site: http://youtu.be/YTgXTS8gLjU. Florida’s recreational and commercial stone crab claw harvest season opens Oct. 15 in state and federal waters. To ensure this valuable resource is available for generations to come, take care when removing crab claws…

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Orange Lake management activities update presentation to be held Oct. 17

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A public meeting to present an update on management activities performed at Orange Lake under last year’s work plan and to discuss the draft work plan for the upcoming year is scheduled for Oct. 17, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officials. A progress report on FWC’s Habitat Management Plan will also…

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And the winners are…FWC announces Lionfish Challenge recreational and commercial winners

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Today, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is announcing the winners of the 2017 Lionfish Challenge. A total of 26,321 lionfish were removed from Florida waters as part of the four-month challenge. Ken Ayers Jr. of Panama City took home the recreational Lionfish King award with a total of 1,250 lionfish harvested. Joshua…

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Additional weekend added to Gulf gray triggerfish fall state season due to Hurricane Irma

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The gray triggerfish recreational season in Gulf state waters will be open an additional weekend this October to provide anglers with fishing opportunities that were missed due to Hurricane Irma impacts earlier in the season. Gray triggerfish will open in Gulf of Mexico state waters for recreational harvest Oct. 21 and 22, in addition to…

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