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Favorable Weather Leads to High Manatee Count

Posted: 01/28/2011 - Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported a preliminary count of 4,840 manatees statewide during the annual synoptic survey. The survey took place Jan. 20 and Jan. 24.

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Gulf Grouper Sport Season Closes Feb. 1

Posted: 01/26/2011 - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission advises anglers that the recreational harvest of all shallow-water groupers (gag, black, red, yellowfin, scamp, yellowmouth, rock hind and red hind) is prohibited from Feb. 1 through March 31 in all Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters off Florida, except in all waters of Monroe County.

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North Florida Spotted Seatrout Season Closes Feb. 1

Posted: 01/26/2011 - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) advises anglers that the recreational harvest season for spotted seatrout in North Florida will close for one month to help maintain spotted seatrout abundance.

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242 Sea Turtles Released into the Gulf of Mexico

Posted: 01/20/2011 - Two hundred forty-two cold-stunned sea turtles removed from St. Joseph Bay this winter were released Wednesday, Jan. 20 into the Gulf of Mexico off Cape San Blas in Gulf County.

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Public Scoping Meetings Proposed Everglades Headwaters Refuge

Posted: 01/19/2011 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and a variety of public and private partners are advancing a collaborative approach to address landscape-scale land protection efforts to conserve wildlife and habitat in the greater Everglades landscape.

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Blue Crab Trap Area Closure Set to End

Posted: 01/14/2011 - The harvest of blue crabs from traps in all waters of Franklin County west to the Florida-Alabama border will reopen on Jan. 15.

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Yellow Bullhead from Crystal River is New State Record

Posted: 01/11/2011 - A yellow bullhead caught in the Crystal River on Dec. 17 is the new state record for that species, a type of catfish, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists.

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Cold December Adds to 2010 Manatee Death Toll

Posted: 01/05/2011 - Two periods of unusually cold weather in 2010 contributed to the number of manatee deaths for the year being more than double the yearly average of the past five years.

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Recovery Plan for the St. Andrew Beach Mouse

Posted: 01/04/2011 - The plan is a guidance document for federal, state, and local governments and private landowners to help achieve recovery of the federally protected species.

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Large Male Bear Found Dead Near Holt; FWC Seeks Shooter

Updated: 12/29/2010 - A large male bear was shot and killed Tuesday night and the carcass was discovered near Holt in Okaloosa County. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) law enforcement officers are asking the public’s help in identifying the person or people involved.

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FWC Announces Blue Crab Trap Area Closure

Posted: 12/29/2010 - The harvest of blue crabs from traps will not be allowed from Jan. 5 through Jan. 14 in all waters of Franklin County west to the Florida-Alabama border, except all waters of the Ochlockonee River and Ochlockonee Bay.

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South Florida Spotted Seatrout Season Opens Jan. 1

Posted: 12/28/2010 - The recreational harvest season for spotted seatrout will open in southern Florida on Jan. 1. Spotted seatrout harvest has been closed since Nov. 1 in this part of the state to help maintain an abundant fishery.

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