East coast blue crab trap closures start Aug. 10
August 05, 2014
Gulf red snapper recreational fishing workshop slated for St. Pete on Aug. 11
FWC addresses 2 venomous reptile issues
July 28, 2014
Amberjack, gray triggerfish reopen Aug.1 in Gulf state waters
Imported lionfish not welcome in Florida
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Lobster Seasons: The spiny lobster sport season is July 30-31 (always the last consecutive Wednesday and Thursday in July). The regular season begins August 6. Unless exempt, a recreational saltwater fishing license and a lobster permit are required to harvest spiny lobster. Commercial harvest is not allowed during the sport season.
Scalloping: You need a saltwater fishing license to scallop from shore or a vessel, unless you qualify for an exemption.
Unless exempt, a saltwater fishing license is required to attempt to take bay scallops. The resident saltwater shoreline license and the food stamp exemption are not valid when swimming or diving. A dive flag is also required if snorkeling or diving.
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FWC Facts:Groupers are very slow-growing fish, taking anywhere from 4-8 years to reach sexual maturity.
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