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FWC Moves to Protect Tiger Sharks, Hammerheads

Posted: 11/16/2011 - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) moved Nov. 16 to prohibit the harvest of tiger sharks and three species of hammerheads from state waters in an effort to further protect these top predators that rely on Florida waters to survive.

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Final Decision on Proposed Kings Bay Manatee Refuge

Posted: 11/14/2011 - As "manatee season" approaches in Kings Bay, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks to update the public on the status of the proposed Kings Bay manatee refuge rule.

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No Hunting in Florida Black Bear Management Plan

Updated: 11/10/2011 - Hunting would continue to be banned under a proposed black bear management plan released Thursday by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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EPA Gives Nod to Draft Water Quality Standards

Posted: 11/03/2011 - Bolstered by a letter of confidence from Washington, Florida's top environmental regulator said his agency would proceed with its proposed plan to set specific pollution levels for the state's inland and coastal waters.

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NOAA Fisheries Boosts 2011 Quota for Red Grouper

Posted: 10/31/2011 - Over the next two months, commercial fishing boats in the Gulf of Mexico can take more than twice as much red grouper out of federal waters than previously allowed and the bag limit has doubled for recreational anglers.

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Annual List of Candidates for Endangered Species Act

Posted: 10/25/2011 - Three species have been removed from candidate status, three have been added, and seven have a change in priority from the last review conducted in November of 2010. There are now 244 species recognized by the Service as candidates for ESA protection.

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Milton Angler Lands Record Flathead

Posted: 10/18/2011 - Milton resident Eric Auston Jr. now holds the distinction of having landed the largest flathead catfish ever caught with a rod and reel in Florida waters.

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Family Fun at Forgotten Coast Black Bear Festival

Posted: 10/10/2011 - The family-oriented festival is Saturday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sands Park in Carrabelle. The festival is free and a great way for families to spend the day together doing something fun and educational.

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Five-Year Survey Shows Wetlands Losses Are Slowing

Posted: 10/06/2011 - America's wetlands declined slightly from 2004-2009, underscoring the need for continued conservation and restoration efforts, according to a report issued today by the Department of the Interior's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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FWC Asks Fishermen to Report Giant Tiger Prawn

Posted: 10/04/2011 - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is asking fishermen to be on the lookout for nonnative giant tiger prawn (Penaeus monodon) after a recent sighting in East Bay near Panama City.

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