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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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High School Students: Time to Enter Manatee Art Contest

Posted: 12/27/2010 - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) invites high school art students across the state to participate in a contest to create a piece of manatee artwork that will be used on the 2011-2012 manatee decal.

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Panhandle Hunter Shoots Himself in Foot

Posted: 12/24/2010 - State wildlife officials say a Panhandle deer hunter made a bad mistake when he shot himself in the foot while standing on a tree limb.

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FWC Hosts Boating Advisory Council Meeting

Posted: 12/23/2010 - FWC hosted a Florida Boating Advisory Council (BAC) meeting recently in Tallahassee. At the meeting, U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. William Baumgartner presented several awards.

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[UPDATE] FWC Seeks Information in Bear Killing

Updated: 12/22/2010 - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is asking the public’s help to determine who killed a young female black bear found in the Apalachicola National Forest on Dec. 14. Story updated with pictures of bear.

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FWC Rescues Young Manatee from Chilly Waters

Posted: 12/16/2010 - Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) rescued a young male manatee in St. Petersburg on Wednesday, December 16.

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Increased Fatalities Prompt FWC to Reach Out to Boaters

Posted: 12/15/2010 - With just a few weeks remaining in the year, 2010 has proved to be a tragic one for boating accidents. So far, there have been 76 boating fatalities, a 24-percent increase from this time last year. FWC wants Florida boaters to reverse this trend.

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Sport Fishermen Challenge Grouper Ban

Updated: 12/14/2010 - A sport fishermen's group is asking a federal judge to block a six-month ban on gag grouper fishing in the Gulf of Mexico imposed by the U.S. government.

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FWC Presents Renovated Offshore Vessel to Public

Posted: 12/13/2010 - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) hosted an open house Dec. 10 at the Carrabelle City Marina for guests to see the newly renovated Gulf Sentry, an 85-foot, aluminum vessel.

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Red Snapper Rules Won't Close SE Fishing Zone

Updated: 12/10/2010 - Federal regulators have decided to let fishermen off the Southeast coast catch several species of fish that swim in the same waters as red snappers.

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Cold Weather in Early 2010 Took Toll on Manatees

Posted: 12/10/2010 - The cold weather earlier this year led to a record high number of manatee deaths in 2010. From the beginning of the year through Dec. 5, biologists with FWC's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute documented 699 manatee carcasses in state waters.

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FWC Seeks Input on Possible Changes to Red Drum Rules

Posted: 12/07/2010 - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is continuing a series of public workshops, including a special multi-location video workshop, to review its analysis of the latest red drum (redfish) stock assessment and discuss possible red drum rule changes.

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FWC Wraps Up Two-Day Meeting in South Florida

Posted: 12/02/2010 - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) wrapped up its two-day meeting Thursday in Weston, where Commissioners dealt with fishing and hunting opportunities for the public and significant conservation issues on land and in the water.

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