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Regional Bay Scallop 2018 season approved

Story Submitted: At its February meeting near Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved regionally-specific bay scallop open season dates for 2018, including a change to the season for Levy, Citrus and Hernando counties that was proposed in December. The Commission also approved a trial bay scallop season in state waters off Pasco County in 2018. The following regionally-specific bay scallop open seasons will be created by executive order for 2018 only: Franklin County through northwestern Taylor County (including Carrabelle, Lanark, and St. Marks): July 1…

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Saving the Florida Scrub Jay

Story Submitted The Florida scrub-jay is in peril. Less than 10 percent remain as development pushes them out of the only place they can survive: dense scrub oak and saw palmettos packed into the dry sandy hills of the Florida scrub. In the 1920s, roughly 100,000 scrub-jays were counted in Florida. A 1992 Archbold Biological Station census counted 10,000; and in 2011, another count saw a population reduction to 6,000 according to Ralph Risch, a biologist specializing in the species for the Florida Forest Service. Initially the citrus industry displaced…

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