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Monday marks the beginning of the recreational Red Snapper Season in Florida. Lasting until July 20th in Gulf and Federal waters, this season is unique to its predecessors. 

A stack of lionfish from 2018 Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day
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The Lionfish Challenge is underway, and it’s one of several efforts to rid Florida of the invasive species that has no natural predators and negatively impacts wildlife.

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The number of boating accidents in Florida has been on the rise since 2016.

Sea turtles on beach
Isabella Jusková

Sea turtle nesting season is officially underway. Officials are advising beachgoers to take precautions to help keep turtles safe.

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission wants more research for approving the harvest of previously endangered goliath groupers. But, many against the decision say the science does not back up the reasoning.

A snowy plover on its nest
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It’s Nesting season for Florida’s waterbirds. And, Florida wildlife officials say it’s important the public keeps its distance, while on the beach or boating on the state’s waterways.

Photo of a water passage cutting through green brush in the Everglades
Erich Martin

Florida Wildlife Officials are considering an executive order to keep so called “Injurious wildlife species” from being brought into the state. Paul Grey works with Audubon Florida. He says the order is important since Florida is especially susceptible to the negative impact of invasive species.

A manatee mating herd at Coquina Beach in Manatee County
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Florida wildlife officials say they’ve received many calls of manatees in distress all over the state. But, officials say a lot of times, the sea cows are just mating.

Sarasota County Sheriff's Office

Florida’s 1.3 million alligators inhabit all of the state’s 67 counties, and wildlife officials are urging the public to be careful around the reptiles. The warning comes as some gators are turning up in unlikely places.

Gag Grouper Season Begins in Four Counties This Sunday

Mar 28, 2018
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Four Florida counties will open their waters to gag grouper harvesting this Sunday. A whole two months ahead of the rest of the state.

FWC Monitors Ocean Life Through Cold Weather

Jan 8, 2018

Florida experienced shocking lows this past week. A shock not just for land lovers, but ocean life that surrounds the Sunshine State.

As law enforcement agencies across Florida consider using body cameras, the state’s wildlife officers are following suit.

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The Executive Director of Florida’s wildlife agency is leaving. He’s the latest to step down from a top role at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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Exotic Pet Amnesty Day is this Saturday. Florida wildlife officials are touting the day as a legal alternative to release exotic pets that owners no longer want to keep.

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is opening an additional weekend for gray triggerfish season. 

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The Gulf County bay scallop season is now open to harvesters, after state wildlife officials postponed the season for about two months.

Governor Rick Scott's press office

Florida is helping several states deal with their natural disasters, including Hurricane Harvey.

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Florida wildlife officials are highlighting sandhill cranes as well as better ways for the public to coexist with the threatened bird species.

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Franklin County residents have at least two opportunities to make their regular trash cans bear-proof, thanks to a grant. Florida wildlife officials are looking to add hardware to help reduce human-bear conflicts in the area.

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Starting Thursday, blue crab harvesters can no longer have their traps in North Florida waters. The goal is for Florida wildlife officials to use that 10-day period to get rid of lost and abandoned blue crab traps, which can have a negative impact on the environment and boaters.

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Florida wildlife officials say lionfish harvesters are crucial to getting rid of the invasive species. But, lionfish removal divers are urged to safely remove the fish without causing any natural habitat damage.

Grouper Season Gets A Restart In The Fall

Jul 11, 2017
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If you’re a resident of the big bend area you may get to have grouper on your dinner table more than often. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has added a fall gag grouper fishing season to the spring season. 

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As sort of a pilot, state wildlife officials are holding three different bay scallop seasons in the Florida Panhandle. While one starts Saturday, another is already underway.

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Despite a harmful algal bloom in 2015, Florida wildlife officials say the bay scallop population in Saint Joe Bay appears to be improving.

Bear-Resident Trash Cans For Wakulla County Residents

Jun 23, 2017
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Wakulla County residents will now be able to keep their garbage safe from bears in the area, thanks to a grant from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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