Conservation Press Releases


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Gag Grouper

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.


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.


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.


Frustrated with Gulf Red Snapper Management?

Anglers in the Gulf of Mexico region need to make their voices heard in support of improved access to one of the region’s most important fisheries – red snapper!


Golden Tilefish and Snowy Grouper Recreational Season Closing June 7th in South Atlantic

Recreational harvest of golden tilefish and snowy grouper in the South Atlantic will close, at 12:01 a.m. (local time) June 7, 2014.


2014 Red Snapper Recreational Season in the Gulf of Mexico

The 2014 Gulf of Mexico red snapper recreational season in federal waters is 9 days, opening at 12:01 a.m., June 1, 2014, and closing at 12:01 a.m., on June 10, 2014. The red snapper bag limit is 2 fish with a 16-inch minimum total length size limit.


Florida Lionfish Derbies

Local control efforts such as lionfish derbies have shown to be an effective means of lionfish control. Several of these events are held across the state annually along with many other lionfish related educational events. Find a lionfish derby or lionfish-related educational event near you.


Spiny Lobster Season Closes April 1st

Press Release-FWC The spiny lobster recreational and commercial season closes to harvest in state and federal waters starting April 1…»


Meeting Tonight: Proposed Gulf Offshore Recreational Fishing Permit

Reminder: FWC Division of Marine Fisheries Management is hosting a statewide telephone conference tonight, Tuesday, March 4 to gather input on a proposed Gulf Offshore Recreational Fishing Permit.


Gulf Council to Hold Public Hearings on Reef Fish Amendment 28 – Red Snapper Allocation

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has scheduled a series of public hearings around the Gulf of Mexico beginning Monday, March 10, 2014 through Monday, March 24, 2014.


Snook to Reopen in Gulf State Waters

The recreational harvest season for one of Florida’s premier game fish, snook, reopens on 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.


Anglers Applaud Progress of Red Snapper Allocation

During its recent meeting in Houston, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council approved moving ahead with an amendment to update the allocation of Gulf red snapper between the commercial and recreational sectors, a welcome development hailed by the Coastal Conservation Association as long overdue.


FWC to Meet in Tampa Feb. 12-13: Red Snapper Season

During the next FWC meeting, to be held in Tampa, Feb. 12-13, the public is invited to provide input on many current fisheries management issues. Of pressing concern to many recreational anglers on the Gulfside is the presentation of a red snapper draft rule to set the 2014 recreational season in the Gulf. Let your voice be heard and be sure to attend this important meeting!