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Category: Recreation

Recreational Scallop Season 2021

Nothing says summer in the Nature Coast like the start of scalloping. Starting tomorrow, June 15th, thousands will splash into the clear water searching through carpets of seagrass for bay scallops. This annual marine Easter egg hunt is… Read More

Fish of Florida: Red Snapper (Lutjanus campechanus) Species Profile

Northern Red Snapper, Lutjanus campechanus Florida State Record: 46 lbs 8 oz, Destin 1985 IGFA World Record: 50 lbs 4 oz, Louisiana 1996 For most current red snapper regulations please check out this the FWC snapper page, Gulf… Read More

Sea Turtles in Florida

Seven species of sea turtles swim in all of the world’s oceans except for the polar seas. Their adult lives at sea remain relatively unknown, but different species of sea turtles venture to shallow seagrass meadows while others… Read More

The Florida Master Naturalist Program in St. Lucie County

The Florida Master Naturalist Program is offered through UF/IFAS Extension in conjunction with collaborating agencies.  In St. Lucie County, lead instructors contribute to this program from the UF/IFAS Extension and St. Lucie County Environmental Resources Department.  Associate and… Read More

2021 Annual Recreational Scalloping Seminar Gone Virtual

Join us to learn more about recreational scalloping in Florida virtually! Don’t miss out! During these online events, biologists from the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute will provide updates about the scallop populations in the area and discuss… Read More

New Equine Course Available!

Equine Academy New Self-Paced Online Course Available for Horse Owners! Whether you are an avid horseman or just recently got your first horse, we have a course for you! This in-depth course covers the five core areas of… Read More

Summer Time Boating Safety Stats and Tips!

Florida leads the nation with many impressive statistics such as having the most IGFA fishing world records (925), being the state with most amount of coastline in the lower 48 (1,350 miles) and having more boats registered here… Read More

Study: Hook designed to help fish survive catch and release shows promise

Catch and release practices can help conserve fish populations but they do not guarantee the fish will survive, as handling and air exposure can have negative health impacts and cause mortality Scientists have developed a new fishhook design… Read More