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Okaloosa Darter On the Road to Recovery

Posted: 03/28/2011 - The U.S. FWS is reclassifying the Okaloosa darter from the status of endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act, saying that the population is being managed so well, the small fish is making major strides in its fight for recovery.

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Gulf Grouper Recreational Season Opens April 1

Posted: 03/25/2011 - The recreational harvest of shallow-water groupers in Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters off Florida, except in all waters of Monroe County, reopens on April 1.

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Night Prowls Are a Fun Way to Involve Kids in Conservation

Posted: 03/23/2011 - During spring and summer months, as temperatures warm up, nocturnal creatures that are usually quite secretive become more active and easier to locate. This is the perfect time of year to go out with children for a night prowl.

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Legislation Introduced in Fla. to Benefit Injured Veterans

Posted: 03/15/2011 - Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, Senator Alan Hays and Representative Greg Steube unveiled legislation today, March 15, to honor wounded veterans with access to “special hunt areas” in certain state parks.

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FWC: Student Artist’s Design Celebrates 20 Years of Manatee Decals

Posted: 03/14/2011 - A high school art student at Circle Christian School in Winter Park captured top honors in the 2011-2012 manatee decal art contest sponsored by the FWC. Bekah Scoville, 14, created an image of two manatees swimming in water painted in pastel blues and greens.

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Wildfire Precautions

Posted: 03/03/2011 - For the past few days Floridians have been following the large wildfire burning in Volusia and Brevard Counties. Freeze dried vegetation along with gusty winds have contributed to the increasing spread of this fire.

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Enviros: People Want Everglades Restoration

Posted: 03/01/2011 - A majority of Florida voters do not want to abandon Everglades restoration efforts and also aren’t so keen on Gov. Rick Scott’s plans to scale back state growth management efforts, according to a poll released Monday by an environmental group.

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N. Florida Spotted Seatrout Season Reopens March 1

Posted: 02/25/2011 - The recreational harvest season for spotted seatrout in northern Florida reopens on March 1. This means all Florida waters will be open to the sport harvest of spotted seatrout beginning in March.

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FWC Considers Extending Alligator Hunting Hours

Posted: 02/25/2011 - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission directed staff to advertise a rule amendment to extend alligator hunting hours. Commissioners will vote on it at their June meeting.

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FWC Resolution Highlights Gopher Tortoise Conservation

Posted: 02/25/2011 - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) signed a resolution Thursday in Apalachicola urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) to recognize Florida’s strong conservation measures and actions to protect the gopher tortoise.

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FWC Honors Excellence in Conservation, Lifesaving

Updated: 02/25/2011 - FWC presented a prestigious conservation award on Thursday, Feb. 24 to Tim Breault, director of the FWC’s Division of Habitat and Species Conservation, and recognized one of its law-enforcement officers for his heroic life-saving rescue.

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FWC Adds Youth Turkey Hunts, Modifies Hog-Dog Hunts on Public Lands

Posted: 02/25/2011 - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) passed new rules that affect hunting on many of the state’s wildlife management areas. Most of these new rules apply to specific WMAs; however, two of them affect public hunting on a more statewide scale.

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FWC Propose to Increase Red Drum Fish Bag Size Limit

Updated: 02/25/2011 - Local fishermen could soon have more fish on their kitchen table if a regulation to increase the bag size limit on red drum fish is approved. Eyewitness News Reporter Jerry Askin spoke to some local fishermen and has more.

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Many FWC-Managed Lands Get New Dates for 2011-12 Hunting Season

Posted: 02/24/2011 - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) passed new rules that modify hunting season dates on many FWC-managed areas. These rules become effective on July 1 and apply to the 2011-12 hunting season.

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FWC Wraps Up 2-day Meeting in Apalachicola

Posted: 02/24/2011 - FWC wrapped up its two-day meeting Thursday, Feb. 24 in Apalachicola, where Commissioners enhanced fishing and hunting opportunities for the immediate and/or long-term future of these traditional, conservation-oriented activities and discussed important wildlife issues

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FWC Selects 3 Sites for Anchoring, Mooring Program

Posted: 02/24/2011 - At its meeting Wednesday, Feb. 23 in Apalachicola, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) selected three sites for an anchoring and mooring pilot program. Two more will be chosen in April.

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Experience Outdoor Fun March 5 at Beau Turner Youth Center

Posted: 02/21/2011 - Young people looking to get outside on a nice spring day are invited to attend Beau Turner’s Annual Outdoor Experience on March 5 at the Beau Turner Youth Conservation Center, east of Tallahassee in Jefferson County.

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Reward Increased in Crestview Bear Shooting

Posted: 02/16/2011 - Wildlife authorities are hoping a larger reward will lead them to whoever shot and killed a large black bear last Friday on the grounds of the closed Shoal River Golf Course at Crestview.

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Anglers Catching Super-Big Bass in Central Florida

Posted: 02/15/2011 - Mack will receive a “Big Catch” angler recognition certificate and 10-pounder club “Trophy Award” pin from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), with a “released” endorsement.

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FWC Certifies Stuart Woman’s Tilapia as State Record

Posted: 02/14/2011 - It’s official. Pamela Henry of Stuart broke state and world records when she reeled in a 9.6-pound blue tilapia last August. The fish measured 24 inches long. A taxidermist is mounting the record-breaking fish.

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