Recreational bay scallop season for certain counties begins today

Recreational bay scallop season for certain counties begins today

Recreational bay scallop season for Franklin through the northwestern portion of Taylor, as well as Levy, Citrus, and Hernando counties opens July 1 and will remain open through September 24. This includes Carrabelle, Lanark, St. Marks, Cedar Key, Crystal River, and Homosassa. Rules Do not discard scallop shells in inshore waters commonly used for recreational […]

Fifteen eastern indigo snakes, listed as threatened, released

Fifteen eastern indigo snakes, listed as threatened, released

Florida — Fifteen eastern indigo snakes, listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, has just been released in northern Florida as part of a continuing collaborative plan to return the important, native, non-venomous apex predator to the region. This effort marks the third year in a row that snakes raised specifically for the recovery […]

FWC: Mandatory catch-and-release, follow the rules while fishing

FWC: Mandatory catch-and-release, follow the rules while fishing

At its September meeting in Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) directed staff to expand a recent mandatory catch-and-release only measure for snook and redfish due to red tide. The mandatory catch-and-release ruling will begin on September 28, 2018, through May 10, 2019. The areas include Gordon Pass in Collier County and […]

Gag grouper fall season opens in Gulf 4-county region

Gag grouper fall season opens in Gulf 4-county region

The Gulf of Mexico gag grouper recreational season in state waters off Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson, and Taylor counties will be open for harvest September 1, through December 31. The season for all other Gulf state and federal waters is June 1 through December 31. The minimum size limit for gag grouper is 24 inches total […]

2018 Crystal River scallop festival

2018 Crystal River scallop festival

Celebrate summer at Crystal River’s scallop festival. The festival will feature live music, bounce houses, karaoke, beer, arts and crafts, a variety of foods, a scallop cook-off, Battle of the Bands, contests, inflatable slide with water slide, seafood, pony rides, and so much more! Location: Kings Bay Park, 268 NW 3rd St, Crystal River, FL […]

Red snapper season closes soon

Red snapper season closes soon

Recreational red snapper season closes soon in Gulf state and federal waters. Red snapper season for recreational anglers fishing from private vessels and for charter captains who do not have a federal reef fish permit is open through July 20 and closes July 21. For-hire operations with federal reef fish permits are open through July […]

Red tide detected in Southwest Florida

Red tide detected in Southwest Florida

A bloom of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, was observed along Lee and Charlotte counties in Southwest Florida over the past week. In Southwest Florida, K. brevis was observed at background concentrations in one sample collected from Manatee County, background to low concentrations in fourteen samples collected from Sarasota County, background to medium […]