Recreational red snapper season closes July 21 in Gulf state and federal waters

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Photo: http://bit.ly/2Ev3mYb   Video: https://youtu.be/NIysFz90Jb0   If you haven’t made it out yet, the red snapper season for recreational anglers fishing from private vessels and for charter captains who do not have a federal reef fish permit is open through July 20, closing July 21. The federal season for for-hire operations with federal reef fish permits is…

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Have an opinion on shore-based shark fishing? Now is the time to share. Attend a workshop.

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is gathering public input on shore-based shark fishing. Share your thoughts on the future management of this fishery by attending a public workshop. Workshops start at 6 p.m. local time: July 18: Bradenton, State College of Florida, Library and Learning Center – Together Manatee Community Room, 5840…

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Free Kids’ Fishing Clinic in Palm Coast promises day of learning, fun

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Teaching children a lifelong hobby, instilling appreciation for our marine environment and providing fun, family outings are the objectives for the Kids’ Fishing Clinic in Palm Coast on Saturday, July 14. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will offer a free Kids’ Fishing Clinic for children between the ages of 5 and 15…

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FWC helps support educational lionfish exhibits

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We are excited to announce the opening of a new Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) program. The 2018-19 Lionfish Educational Exhibit Program offers public facilities the opportunity to apply for financial assistance in creating educational exhibit displays about the lionfish invasion. The goal of the program is to increase awareness and ensure consistent,…

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Lionfish Challenge 2018 Update – July 3

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Lionfish Challenge Promotional Video (YouTube):https://youtu.be/Gmd25BbpLVw  Photos (Flickr): https://flic.kr/s/aHsmkZ5fhR     Numbers update As of this week: 525 people have registered. 51 people have submitted lionfish. 6,596 total lionfish removed. 47 tagged-lionfish removed (five in the Atlantic and 42 in the Gulf). 53 checkpoints for recreational participant submissions. Recent Winners June 8, Okaloosa County: Blake Russell of Shalimar,…

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Bay scallop season opens July 1 in Franklin-NW Taylor and Levy-Hernando counties

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New to scalloping? Visit www.YouTube.com/FWCSaltwaterFishing  for videos on how to shuck scallops and a scalloping checklist or @FloridaSeaGrant  at www.FLSeaGrant.org/Fisheries/Scalloping. Starting July 1, state waters off the following areas will open to bay scallop harvest: Franklin through northwest Taylor County (including Carrabelle, Lanark and St. Marks) and Levy, Citrus and Hernando counties (including Cedar Key,…

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FWC awards $250,000 in lionfish research funds

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Photos available on Flickr: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmkZ5fhR    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) awarded $250,000 to five organizations in early 2018 to research and develop innovative methods to remove lionfish from deep-water habitat. Lionfish, a nonnative invasive species, have a potential to negatively impact native wildlife and habitats and can be found in shallow water…

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Tripletail and sheepshead changes effective July 1

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Several changes to the management of tripletail and sheepshead go into effect July 1, including: Tripletail: The minimum size limit will increase to 18 inches total length. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) recreational and commercial regulations for this species will extend into federal waters (including only allowing the use of hook-and-line gear…

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Media statement: FWC Commission trap fisheries update

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At the June 20 meeting in Sarasota, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved several draft changes to recreational and commercial trap fisheries rules and directed staff to come back to the September meeting for a final public hearing. Approved draft changes include: creating a mandatory, no-cost annual recreational blue crab and stone…

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