August 29, 2016
Leatherback Turtle Nesting. By Florida Fish and Wildlife

‘Hands Off!’ is Best Policy for Sea Turtle Hatchlings

News Release By FWC Sea turtle hatchlings are digging out of their nests and clambering toward the ocean in September and October, the last months of Florida’s sea turtle nesting season. Just remember, “Hands off!” is the best policy for beachgoers encountering sea turtle hatchings. Well-meaning efforts to rescue a […]
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July 25, 2016

Melt the Butter; Spiny Lobster Seasons Start Soon

The 2016 spiny lobster season opens with the two-day recreational sport season July 27 and 28, followed by the regular commercial and recreational lobster season, which starts Aug. 6 and runs through March 31. Planning on catching some of these tasty crustaceans? Here is what you need to know before you go. No one […]
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June 24, 2016
Director Jessica McCawley with the FWC's Division of Marine Fisheries Management shows the number of fishing licenses and snook stamps sold from fiscal year 2004-2005 to fiscal year 2014-2015.

Snook Stock is on the Rise, Aligns with FWC Goals

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) took immediate action to help the snook population rebound after a prolonged cold spell in January 2010. The cold snap, which led the FWC to close the fisheries, had a much greater effect on the snook population on the Gulf Coast than […]
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May 14, 2016
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Lionfish Removal & Awareness Day (LRAD)

May 14-15, 2016: 10am-5pm Plaza de Luna 900 S Palafox Street Pensacola, FL 32502 Celebrate the second annual Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day with us! We removed 2,975 lionfish at our first event in 2015. Thanks to all who participated! Let’s see how many MORE lionfish we can remove from Florida […]
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March 23, 2016
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Calling All Red Drum Anglers. Your Input Needed.

A new red drum stock assessment is complete and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is seeking input from anglers about their experiences with the red drum fishery. We want to know how you think the fishery is doing and what you think of the current bag limits. […]
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March 18, 2016
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Don’t Cut the Line! Reel. Remove. Release.

News Release By Karen Parker | FWC It’s a beautiful day and the fishing is good. Suddenly, the line snags on something as the cast is made. A bird is hooked. Don’t panic. There’s a way to get that bird released. “The first thing to know is don’t cut the line,” […]
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March 16, 2016
St. Marks Lighthouse 2010: 
Horseshoe crabs have been around for approximately 450 million years and are an important part of a marine ecosystem. Their populations have declined in recent decades due to overfishing and habitat destruction. In order to gain a better understanding of horseshoe crab biology and mating activities, this management plan requires all Atlantic and Gulf coast states to identify horseshoe crab nesting beaches. Photo credit: Diane Flowers, St. Marks Lighthouse

Be a Citizen-Scientist: Help FWC Monitor Horseshoe Crabs Spawning on Beaches

News Release By Frank McCloy | FWC A ritual dating back millions of years takes place again this spring on Florida beaches. Spring marks horseshoe crabs’ mating season, and biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) want the public’s help identifying spawning sites. Beachgoers will likely have the […]
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November 25, 2015
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Learn a Hobby at Free Women’s Fishing Clinic in Pensacola!

News Release By Amanda Nalley | Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Learn the skills to successfully cast your line into the sea by attending the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Women’s Fishing Clinic in Pensacola on Dec. 5. Participants will not only take home a lifelong hobby, they are apt to […]
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August 26, 2015
Creating the Next Generation That Cares youth event; Capitol Courtyard; Tallahassee, Florida; April 22, 2015.

From the Editor: Upcoming Education Issue

  By Fred Garth When you ask people who Guy Harvey is, they’ll often say, “Oh, I love his t-shirts. I have 15 of them in my closet”. Or, they’ll say, “Oh, I love his art. Also, I have 15 of his t-shirts in my closet.“ Rarely do they say, […]
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September 7, 2012
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Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation Donates $50,000 to Florida Youth Conservation Centers

Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation check presentation (left-to-right) FWC Commissioner Charles Roberts; FWC Commissioner Aliese Priddy; FWC Commissioner Richard Corbett,  Antonio Fins, Executive Director of Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation; Steve Stock, President of Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and Guy Harvey, Inc; FWC Chairman Kenneth Wright;  FWC Vice-Chairman Kathy Barco; FWC Commissioner […]
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