Posts Tagged ‘Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’

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    Florida panther population estimate updated

    Feb 22, 17 • 95 Views • Fishing & WildlifeComments Off on Florida panther population estimate updated

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) have updated the estimated number of endangered Florida panthers in their breeding range south of the Caloosahatchee River. The updated population estimate is...

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    Snook to reopen in Gulf waters

    Feb 22, 17 • 105 Views • Fishing & WildlifeComments Off on Snook to reopen in Gulf waters

    The recreational harvest season for one of Florida’s premier fish, snook, reopens March 1 in Florida’s Gulf of Mexico state and adjacent federal waters, including Everglades National Park and Monroe County. The season will remain open through April 30. In...

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    FWC encouraged by 2017 manatee survey

    Feb 20, 17 • 112 Views • Fishing & WildlifeComments Off on FWC encouraged by 2017 manatee survey

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reported a preliminary count of 6,620 manatees in Florida waters. A team of 15 observers from 10 organizations counted 3,488 manatees on Florida’s east coast and 3,132 on the west coast of the...

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    Record number of students to compete in statewide archery tournament Feb. 25 in Bartow

    Feb 15, 17 • 106 Views • Events, Fishing & WildlifeComments Off on Record number of students to compete in statewide archery tournament Feb. 25 in Bartow

    More than a thousand students are registered to compete in the 2017 Florida National Archery in the Schools Program State Tournament, a record number of participants for this increasingly popular event. The statewide archery tournament, hosted by the Florida...

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    Join the photo contest celebrating 75 years of Florida’s Wildlife Management Areas!

    Feb 15, 17 • 98 Views • Fishing & WildlifeComments Off on Join the photo contest celebrating 75 years of Florida’s Wildlife Management Areas!

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) today is launching its 75 Years Wild photo contest encouraging people to explore the natural beauty of Florida’s Wildlife Management Area system. Across the state, the nearly 6-million acre WMA...

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    Catch a Florida Memory with 11-year-old Tristan

    Feb 13, 17 • 109 Views • Fishing & WildlifeComments Off on Catch a Florida Memory with 11-year-old Tristan

    11-year-old Tristan Hill with his catch of a yellowtail snapper. Bucket list: That’s what 11-year-old Tristan Hill calls the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Saltwater Fish Life List. His goal is to catch all 71 species and he is...

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    2017 bay scallop season in Dixie and Taylor counties set

    Feb 9, 17 • 191 Views • Fishing & WildlifeComments Off on 2017 bay scallop season in Dixie and Taylor counties set

    The 2017 bay scallop season for Dixie County and parts of Taylor County will be open from June 16 through Sept. 10. This includes all state waters from the Suwannee River through the Fenholloway River. These changes are for 2017 only and are an opportunity to...

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    FWC approves spiny lobster commercial bully net fishery changes

    Feb 8, 17 • 159 Views • Fishing & WildlifeComments Off on FWC approves spiny lobster commercial bully net fishery changes

    At its February meeting in Crystal River, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved several changes to the spiny lobster bully net fishery, including directing staff to launch a “Respectful Bully Netting” outreach campaign. The...

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    Florida scrub-jays will be in the spotlight at Feb. 18 festival

    Feb 6, 17 • 185 Views • Fishing & WildlifeComments Off on Florida scrub-jays will be in the spotlight at Feb. 18 festival

    Picture a light gray-brown bird with a bright blue head, wings and tail. That’s how you can recognize the Florida scrub-jay, the only bird that lives nowhere else but in Florida. Come celebrate this songbird at the 8th annual Florida Scrub-Jay Festival on...

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    Fishing line and tackle disposal – It’s about more than just monofilament

    Feb 6, 17 • 129 Views • Fishing & WildlifeComments Off on Fishing line and tackle disposal – It’s about more than just monofilament

    “Gone Coastal” column By Jill Christopherson Fishing is a key component of the Florida lifestyle as well as the state’s economy. But fishing line and other fishing tackle frequently enter Florida’s aquatic systems as a result of incidental snags or...