Sunday, March 31, 2013
The season is from April 1 to Jan. 31, 2014.
Starting April 1, red, black, yellowfin, yellowmouth, rock hind, red hind and scamp Gulf of Mexico grouper species will again be open to harvest in state waters. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, this harvest season will remain open through Jan. 31, 2014. State waters in the Gulf are from shore to nine miles out. Fishing for gag grouper, however, is different from other grouper species, according to a FWC news release. Gulf of Mexico gag grouper will also open to harvest April 1 in state waters off the following counties only: Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor, including all waters of the Steinhatchee River, Apalachicola Bay and Indian Pass. This season will remain open through June 30, with the …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The draft action plan for imperiled beach-nesting birds spells out steps to conserve these four species with the ultimate goal that they no longer will be listed as threatened, a FWC news release said.
The snowy plover, American oystercatcher, black skimmer and least tern have been added to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission action plan that aims to project imperiled beach-nesting birds. “The dynamic nature of Florida beaches, from natural changes caused by storms and erosion to the presence of beachgoers and the loss of habitat, poses significant challenges to the survival of beach-nesting birds,” said Claire Sunquist Blunden of the FWC in a news release. According to the FWC, the loss and degradation of habitat are major threats to the shorebirds’ survival, with their colonies and nesting areas becoming fewer and more fragmented. Because of their declining numbers in Florida and habitat loss, these beach-nesting …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
The Florida Python Challenge ends Feb. 10. At this point, more than 800 registered hunters have caught 50 snakes.
The Florid Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced Tuesday that as its month-long Florida Python Challenge winds down, 50 pythons have been caught so far. The challenge ends Feb. 10. The pythons are being processed and logged by the University of Florida. “The 2013 Python Challenge is an unprecedented effort to focus public interest, support and direct involvement to help deal with Burmese pythons,” said FWC Chairman Kenneth Wright at the January kickoff news conference. “The FWC is pleased that so many people are joining this earnest effort to limit the impact of this invasive species on Florida’s diverse native wildlife. Floridians and people from all across the United States truly care about the Florida Everglades, and they…
Monday, November 26, 2012
With manatees moving to warmer waters as the temperature dips in Florida, boaters are reminded to take extra precautions to protect them.
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Monday, November 26, 2012
Now that the weather outside is chilly, Florida manatees are migrating to warmer waters. Maybe, you have spotted a manatee at Bonner Park or somewhere else around Largo? Manatees swim in search of a warm winter refuge such as freshwater springs or canals adjacent to power plant outflows. An adult manatee may weigh 1,000 pounds or more but is susceptible to cold. Water temperatures dipping to 68 degrees or below can produce cold stress in these aquatic mammals, and even cause death. On Nov. 15, seasonal manatee protection zone went into effect. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has provided boating safety tips below to protect manatees. November is designated as Manatee Awareness Month because of this seasonal …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
On Tuesday the FWC announced hunting dates for the 2012-13 season. North Pinellas is in Zone B, while south Pinellas is in Zone C.
Hunters, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced Tuesday the hunting dates for the 2012-13 season. If you live in St. Petersburg or in other parts of south Pinellas, you are in zone C. If you live in Clearwater or in other parts of north Pinellas you are in zone B. Dates for specific zones and seasons are in the chart below provided by the FWC. Season Zone A Zone B Zone C Zone D Archery July 28 – Aug. 26 Oct. 13 – Nov. 11 Sept. 15 – Oct. 14 Oct. 20 – Nov. 21 Deer-dog training Aug. 11-30 Oct. 27 – Nov. 15 Sept. 29 – Oct. 18 Oct. 27 – Nov. 15 Crossbow July 28 – Aug. 31 Oct. 13 – Nov. 16 Sept. 15 – Oct. 19 Oct. 20 – Nov. 21 and Nov. 26-30 Muzzleloading gun Sept. 1-14 Nov. 17-30 Oct. 20 – Nov. 2 Dec. 1-7 and Feb. 18-…
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
The season will close July 17, with the last day of the season being July 16.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
The federal and state recreational red snapper season in Gulf of Mexico waters has been extended six days. The season will close July 17, with the last day of the season being July 16. NOAA Fisheries decided to extend the season because bad weather in June led to decreased fishing opportunities. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) decided to go consistent with any federal season increases at its June 28 meeting in Palm Beach Gardens. The FWC had originally set the 2012 season to June 1 through July 10 at its May Commission meeting. Florida state waters in the Gulf extend from shore to nine nautical miles; federal waters extend beyond that line to 200 nautical miles. More information about red snapper fishing, …
Thursday, July 5, 2012
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission estimates there are 1,457 active bald eagle nests in Florida, which is a 9 percent increase since 2008.
Here's a little something to be proud of around Independence Day. Active bald eagles nests in Florida have seen a 9 percent increase since 2008. Largo had an active nest this year at the SPCA Tampa Bay. The bald eagle population is increasing in Florida, which continues to be one of the top spots in the U.S. for bald eagles to nest and raise their young. Based on its 2011 aerial survey, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission estimates there are 1,457 active bald eagle nests in Florida. Long-term success with bald eagles in Florida is reflected in the species’ recovery from just 88 active nests in 1973. On Tuesday, at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland, leaders from the FWC and Audubon Florida highlighted the …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
A cold winter in 2010 depleted the snook population, which resulted in the closing of snook season in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted June 28 to keep the recreational harvest of snook in Gulf of Mexico waters closed for another year to offer the species additional protection after a 2010 cold kill detrimentally affected the population. According to a news release, the decision came at the June 28 Commission meeting in Palm Beach Gardens after staff presented an updated stock assessment that showed snook populations are improving in the Atlantic and are not in biological jeopardy in the Gulf. The next assessment is due in 2015. “If we have a bad winter this year, we will benefit from this caution; if we don’t have a bad winter, we will let all these breeding fish come through the slot,” said Vice Chairman Kenneth…