Enroll today in new 4-H Club


Open enrollment begins Friday, Sept. 10 at 3:15 p.m. at the Franklin County Public Library in Eastpoint for the new Franklin County 4-H Club Franklin Elite.

Franklin Elite is a leadership and community service club for youth ages 13 to 18.  For more information, please contact Candice Sheridan at 850-567-7270 or email her at johnnysclamsinc@gmail.com


Want to learn archery?

The 4-H Club Shooting Sports, which specializes in archery, is open for enrollment for youth 8 age 18. Archery practice is held in Carrabelle on Saturday.

Please contact Michelle Gray at 850-210-3277 or gray327@msn.com for more information.  


Gag grouper fall season opens

The gag grouper recreational season in Gulf state waters off Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties opened for harvest Wednesday, Sept. 1 through Dec. 31.

The season for all other Gulf state and federal waters is June 1 through Dec. 31. Monroe County state waters follow Atlantic regulations.

The minimum size limit for gag grouper is 24 inches total length and the daily bag limit is two fish per harvester within the four-grouper aggregate bag limit. Charter captains and crew have a zero bag limit.

If you plan to fish for gag grouper in state or federal waters from a private recreational vessel, you must sign up as a State Reef Fish Angler prior to your fishing trip (renew annually). To learn more, visit MyFWC.com/SRFS.

Learn more about grouper regulations at MyFWC.com/Marine by clicking on “Recreational Regulations” and “Grouper” under the “Reef Fish” tab or download the Fish Rules App. Learn more at FishRulesApp.com


Learn through saltwater digital interactive games

Just in time for the new school year, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has partnered with Pubbly, a digital education company, to launch five interactive games that engage and educate students of all ages on marine fisheries conservation. Jump in today at FloridaFishing.Pubbly.com.

Take a virtual fishing trip, match habitats with Florida fish species, remove trash and invasive lionfish from a reef, learn proper fish handling techniques and complete a virtual fish dissection. Games are geared for fourth grade and up but can be enjoyed by students and adults of all ages. These activities bring marine science right to your fingertips, providing accessible content for your home or classroom and tips to use when you head out on your own saltwater fishing trips.

Learn more about FWC’s saltwater outreach and education programs at MyFWC.com/Marine by clicking “Outreach & Education Programs.” For questions, contact Marine@MyFWC.com or 850-487-0554.


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