Sea turtle nesting season begins May 1 and ends Oct. 31 in Pinellas County. Newly hatched turtles find their way to the sea by using brightness as a guide. Under natural conditions, the moonlight that reflects off the water contrasts with the dark silhouette over the land, guiding sea turtles toward the water.

Lights Out, Stash the Trash, It’s Sea Turtle Nesting Season

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is reminding beachgoers they can help protect nesting sea turtles by practicing some simple tips. Each year, thousands of sea turtles nest on Florida’s beaches. Because our state is so important to these special animals, beachgoers can…

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SW Florida snook, redfish and spotted seatrout: FWC wants your input

SW Florida Snook, Redfish, and Spotted Seatrout: FWC wants your input

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will be holding three virtual workshops to gather public input about the short-term management of snook, redfish, and spotted seatrout in southwest Florida. Beginning in August 2018, the FWC made a series of temporary, precautionary regulation changes…

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New Protections for Multi-Species Fish Spawning Aggregations Near Western Dry Rocks Effective April 1

Starting April 1, new protections for multi-species fish spawning aggregations near an area known as Western Dry Rocks go into effect. This includes the prohibition of all fishing from April through July in a 1-square-mile area near Western Dry Rocks. This area is bounded by…

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Deputy Michael J. Magli Redfish Kayak Fishing Fundraising Tournament

Deputy Michael J. Magli Redfish Kayak Fishing Fundraising Tournament; Saturday, April 3, 2021

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. – Reel Adventure Kayak Fishing and Osprey Bay Outdoors is hosting a kayak fishing tournament to fundraise for the family of Deputy Michael J. Magli, who was killed in the line of duty on February 17, 2021. The open boundaries tournament is…

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Florida FWC Encourages Boaters to “Spring Aboard” and Take a Boater Education Class

Spring has arrived and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) wants to make sure that everyone recreating on our waters goes home safely at the end of the day. The FWC encourages all boaters to “Spring Aboard” by taking a boating safety course…

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Florida FWC Celebrates 12 Years Of Out-Of-Season Largemouth Bass Spawning

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management has successfully spawned Florida largemouth bass out of season for the twelfth year in a row at Richloam Fish Hatchery in Webster. This practice allows biologists to produce twice as many largemouth…

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