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Guy Harvey Fisheries Symposium Nov. 13-15

A panel of experts will offer critical suggestions on how post-Gulf of Mexico oil catastrophe research funds should be spent. The panel is just one of the key marine presentations at the Guy Harvey Fisheries Symposium at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg Campus.

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Say ‘Yes’ to Amendment 1: Water and Land Conservation

Florida’s Water and Land Legacy, the Vote Yes on Amendment 1 campaign, today announced the support of Coastal Conservation Association Florida for Amendment 1, the Water and Land Conservation Amendment.

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Congressmen Urge Council to Table Amendment 40

The Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) has joined a groundswell of opposition to a controversial mangemement proposal for Gulf red snapper scheduled for a final vote of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council this week in Mobile, Alabama.

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Stone Crab Season Opening October 15th

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, and follow all protective management guidelines for stone crab harvest.

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Season Three of Florida TrophyCatch Program Underway

Season two of TrophyCatch was a huge success. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), anglers and fishing-related businesses around the state are celebrating the success and kicking off season three. For the second season, which just ended, more than $200,000 worth of individual prizes will be rewarded, thanks to TrophyCatch’s valued corporate partners.

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Recreational Bay Scallop Season Closes September 25th

The 2014 recreational season for bay scallops will close Thursday, Sept. 25. The final day of harvesting is Sept. 24.

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Gulf of Mexico Red Grouper Fishing Season is Extended

NOAA Fisheries is implementing an in-season adjustment to the red grouper recreational fishing season that changes the closure date from September 16, 2014, to October 4, 2014, based upon updated landings.

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Lionfish Reporting App Successful

See or catch a lionfish? Report it. That’s what many lionfish hunters have been doing, thanks to the new Report Florida Lionfish app. Released to the public May 28, the app has been downloaded by more than 2,500 people.

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Amberjack and Gray Triggerfish Reopen August 1st in Gulf State Waters

The recreational harvest of greater amberjack and gray triggerfish in Gulf of Mexico state waters (shore to 9 nautical miles) reopens Aug. 1.

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Imported Lionfish Not Welcome in Florida

Florida is known as a tourist-friendly state, but starting Aug. 1, one visitor will no longer be welcome: the invasive lionfish. Introduced into Florida waters in the late 1980s, lionfish populations have boomed in recent years, negatively impacting native wildlife and habitat.

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Florida East Coast Anglers Encouraged to Help FWC Collect Red Snapper Data

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is asking anglers to help gather important information about the Atlantic red snapper fishery. The recreational red snapper season in Atlantic federal waters (beyond 3 nautical miles in the Atlantic) is open for 8 days this year.

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FWC Hosting Gulf Red Snapper Workshops in July and August

The FWC has scheduled a series of Gulf of Mexico red snapper recreational stakeholder workshops beginning in late July to discuss state and federal management of recreational red snapper, and to explore potential future approaches to managing this fishery.

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Free Bowhunter Safety Course in Miami-Dade County

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will host a bowhunter education course on Saturday, July 12, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. in Miami-Dade County.

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Gag Grouper Recreational Harvest Opening in Most Gulf waters, Closing in four County Regions

The gag grouper recreational harvest season in Gulf of Mexico state waters, not including Franklin, Jefferson, Wakulla and Taylor counties, will remain open through Dec. 3, closing Dec. 4.

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Bay Scallop Season Starts June 28th

Get your bay scallop bags and shucking tools ready. The recreational bay scallop season opens in some Gulf of Mexico state waters (shore to 9 nautical miles) starting June 28, three-days earlier than the season was slated to start.

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FWC Combats Lionfish Invasion with Fishery Management Changes

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) made several changes at a June 18 meeting in Fort Myers that will help combat the lionfish invasion in Florida waters. Lionfish are an invasive species that have a negative impact on native wildlife and habitat.