The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announces the eighth annual Lionfish Removal and Awareness Festival May 14 and 15 at HarborWalk Village, Destin. Come out and celebrate the fight against invasive lionfish with the FWC and Destin – Fort Walton Beach. Activities will include filet demonstrations; family-friendly games...
Destin’s 65th Annual Blessing of the Fleet will be held this year on Ascension Day, Thursday, May 26, 2022 at the docks behind Brotula’s Seafood House and Steamer Restaurant on the Destin Harbor. The event begins at 4 p.m. with a Captains’ Worship and Prayer Service to be held...

Fishing NEWS

One million registered Florida recreational vessels The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) today announced that Florida continues to lead the nation and has passed the mark of 1 million registered recreational vessels across the state. Florida, with its great year-round weather and plenty of access to fresh and...
Each spring and summer, sea turtles, shorebirds and seabirds nest on our local beaches. Because our shorelines are critical for sea turtle and waterbird nesting, beachgoers can make a big difference in helping them. Our area had a successful green sea turtle nest hatch early in the morning on October...
By Cali Hlavac, To Do In Destin We are loving this warm weather and the fish are, too! We’ve had some rough waters this month, but overall the bite has been decent. The Choctawhatchee Bay is a bit slow this time of year, but the Gulf action has been picking...
Destin-Fort Walton Beach Tourism continues dune restoration and stabilization on Okaloosa Island beaches. Community volunteers are needed to help with a project, funded by Okaloosa County Tourist Development and a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation matching grant. Volunteers will assist with dune stabilization by helping to plant 200,000 sea...
Since its founding six years ago, Gopher Tortoise Day has been celebrated annually to raise awareness for Florida’s only native tortoise. April 10 is approaching quickly, and now is the time to begin prepping festivities for this yearly event. Ways to prepare for and celebrate Gopher Tortoise Day 2022! Urge your...

Daily Cruises

Introducing Tailfins Island Adventure. Departures 7 Days a week aboard “Always Workin,” Tailfins’ brand new 45-foot long cruiser. Enjoy the Destin Harbor & Crab Island like never before; Choose between The World Famous 3-Hour Tour, Sunset Cruise or Thursday night’s Spectacular Fireworks Cruise. Book online at tailfinsislandadventure.com
It’s almost spring and that means it’s peak mating season for horseshoe crabs. Help biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) gather valuable information about these ancient creatures by reporting sightings on the online survey at https://survey123.arcgis.com. Horseshoe crabs have blue blood which is very expensive, but...
A donation, by a private party, to Coastal Conservation Association Florida (CCA Florida) leads to the first redfish restocking initiative in Choctawhatchee Bay. Because of a $25,000 donation to CCA Florida, the Coastal Resource Team of the Okaloosa County Tourist Development Department, Destin-Fort Walton Beach Tourism will assist with the...

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