Share input on management of the recreational spotted seatrout fishery

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The FWC is gathering input on management of the recreational spotted seatrout fishery. Your input will help FWC better understand the public’s satisfaction and desires related to this popular recreational fishery.  Background Spotted seatrout is managed in Florida in four unique zones across the state (Northwest, Southwest, Southeast and Northeast).  The status of the seatrout…

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Media statement: FWC Commission red snapper fishery update

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At its December meeting in St. Augustine, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) directed staff to proceed with a proposal that would set the popular and economically important 2019 Gulf red snapper recreational season.   Under the current draft proposal, the Gulf season would be open June 11 through July 12, with a possible…

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Media statement: FWC Commission Blue Heron Bridge dive site update

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At its December meeting in St. Augustine, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved a draft proposal that would maintain high-quality snorkeling and diving opportunities at the Blue Heron Bridge/Phil Foster County Park in Palm Beach County. The Commissioners also approved expanding the previously proposed closed area to include additional waters north of…

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Media statement: FWC Commission shore-based shark fishing update

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At its December meeting in St. Augustine, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved draft changes to shark fishing regulations, including management changes for the shore-based shark fishery. These changes will increase survival of released sharks, improve information gathering of the fishery and address some of the public safety concerns related to the…

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FWC seeks input on bay scallop long-term management solutions and announces 2019 regional season dates in most areas

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Photo: http://bit.ly/2nXU7ph   Gallery: http://bit.ly/2BM92Mz  The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is gathering input on the bay scallop season structure for 2020 and beyond via an online survey. The agency has also set the 2019 regional season dates for bay scallop harvest for most of the areas that will be open to harvest. Survey…

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FWC adds new opportunities to catch a Florida Saltwater Fishing Record

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Dawn Forlizzio with a white grunt added to her Saltwater Fish Life List. Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, anglers can submit white grunt, blueline tilefish, schoolmaster snapper and red porgy to the Florida Saltwater Fishing Records program. Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, anglers will have more opportunities to catch a Florida Saltwater Fishing Record. Four new species…

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FWC arrests individual for multiple misdemeanor, felony counts related to commercial fishing violations

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A month-long investigation by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) into illegal activities by a Monroe County man resulted in multiple misdemeanor and felony counts as well as supported law-abiding commercial and recreational anglers. “The suspect in this case was flagrantly violating trap and tag marking requirements, had committed numerous other commercial fishing…

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Snook harvest seasonal closure in most Gulf waters starts Dec. 1

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The recreational harvest season for snook closes Dec. 1 in federal and most state waters of the Gulf, including all of Monroe County and Everglades National Park. Snook, as well as redfish, remain catch-and-release only in state waters from the Hernando/Pasco county line through Gordon Pass in Collier County (includes Tampa Bay and Hillsborough County)…

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