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FWC Announcements

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FWC announced two weekends in June when a saltwater fishing license will not be required statewide. The license-free weekend of June 4 and 5 is the first weekend red snapper season opens in the Gulf, and the second weekend of June 18 and 19 is Father's Day weekend.

Expand Bay Scallop Season

FWC also announced that it will expand bay scallop season to open a week early, on June 25, and extend the season by two weeks to end on Sept. 25. Small Gulf Coast communities from Steinhatchee to St. Marks to St. Joe Bay will have three extra weeks for visitors and residents to explore and enjoy this low cost, fun family activity.

Florida State Parks

In addition, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Florida State Parks will offer half-off admission on both Mother's Day, Sunday, May 8, and Father's Day, Sunday, June 19. There are 160 parks throughout the state and 74 unique saltwater fishing facilities, including piers, boardwalks and jetties.