Bay scallop season opens July 1 in Franklin-NW Taylor and Levy-Hernando counties

New to scalloping? Visit  for videos on how to shuck scallops and a scalloping checklist or @FloridaSeaGrant  at Starting July 1, state waters off the following areas will open to bay scallop harvest: Franklin through northwest Taylor County (including Carrabelle, Lanark and St. Marks) and Levy, Citrus and Hernando counties (including Cedar Key, […]

Officials Mark Completion of Jetties on Historic Smith Island

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, in coordination with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources; Somerset County; Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development; U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Smith Island United, and other partners, marked the completion of two major milestones as part of the Army Corps navigation improvement project […]

FWC awards $250,000 in lionfish research funds

Photos available on Flickr:    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) awarded $250,000 to five organizations in early 2018 to research and develop innovative methods to remove lionfish from deep-water habitat. Lionfish, a nonnative invasive species, have a potential to negatively impact native wildlife and habitats and can be found in shallow water […]

Tripletail and sheepshead changes effective July 1

Several changes to the management of tripletail and sheepshead go into effect July 1, including: Tripletail: The minimum size limit will increase to 18 inches total length. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) recreational and commercial regulations for this species will extend into federal waters (including only allowing the use of hook-and-line gear […]

Media statement: FWC Commission trap fisheries update

At the June 20 meeting in Sarasota, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved several draft changes to recreational and commercial trap fisheries rules and directed staff to come back to the September meeting for a final public hearing. Approved draft changes include: creating a mandatory, no-cost annual recreational blue crab and stone […]